Since moving to Barbados in December last year, I’ve been keen to discover more about Caribbean literature, and a great way to do that is by reading book blogs. It took me some time to search out the best ones, so I thought I’d share with you this list of blogs by readers and writers from the Caribbean. Happy reading!
1. Geoffrey Philp – Jamaican author based in Florida, blogs daily on Caribbean literature
2. Novel Niche – book reviews by a 26-year-old bibliophile in Trinidad
3. Caribbean Book Blog – the name speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Based in St Lucia
4. Caribbean Literary Salon – this one’s not a personal blog, more of a gathering-place for other blogs, articles and comments about Caribbean books
5. Pleasure – Trinidadian poet/journalist Andre Bagoo blogs about all things poetic
6. Repeating Islands – several posts a day on all aspects of Caribbean culture
7. Wadadli Pen – blog associated with a prize for young writers in Antigua and Barbuda
8. Jamaican Literature – news and info on the latest Jamaican books and literary events
9. Poets of the Caribbean – profiles of poets from across the region
10. Memo from La-La Land – interesting mix of book reviews, profiles and miscellanea
11. A Grain of Pure Salt – blog of Barbadian speculative fiction writer Karen Lord
12. Nicholas Laughlin – interesting but infrequent snippets from this Trinidadian writer
13. Signifyin’ Guyana – Guyanese literary critic talks books, politics, culture and sex
14. Conscious Pen – mix of creative writing and profiles of Caribbean/African figures
15. YardEdge – Jamaican books, art and culture
16. Nicolette Bethel – the Bahamian writer and academic blogs on… well, everything
17. Caribbean Children’s Literature – Diane Browne on children’s books in the region
And finally, three more blogs that appear to be inactive, but had some wonderful content in the past and would love to see resurrected…
18. Antilles – this blog by the Caribbean Review of Books had some wonderful interviews, features and profiles of West Indian writers
19. Mahanaim Notes – beautiful poetry by St Lucian poet John Robert Lee
20. Island Fiction Series Editor – blog by Macmillan editor, talking about the Island Fiction series but also wider literary topics
Hope this was useful! Let me know if there are any other sites I should add to the list. By the way, the Caribbean is of course a multilingual region, but for this list I’ve focused on blogs written in English. Feel free to suggest sites dealing with the French, Spanish or Dutch Caribbean as well, though. Would love to expand the list with your help.
- Some great additions suggested by Alex Gil on Twitter: Manioc (in French), CubaNow, Parole en Archipel (in French), La Ventana (in Spanish), EthnoCuba, Montray Kreyol (in French). Alex also maintains his own list of Caribbean sites, not all of which I’ve included here because he goes beyond book blogs – see his full list here.
- Also Shivanee of Novel Niche has some great bookmarks on her site – not all book blogs, and not all Caribbean, but a good number of them are, and the list is definitely worth a look.
- The Spaces Between Words is not strictly a blog, but a great series of podcasts featuring interviews with Caribbean writers or those with a Caribbean connection. Check it out here.
- Jamaican children’s author Helen Williams keeps up a blog at Beyond the Marog Kingdom, featuring book news and thoughts particularly on teaching and writing for children.
- Check out Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opportunities, a wonderful site full of details on writing contests, magazines and other opportunities for writers in the region, along with other posts about culture and creativity in general
- Summer Edward, founder of Caribbean children’s literature ezine Anansesem, blogs about children’s literature here
- Check out the blog of Dominican writer Giftus John, updated once a month or so
- Giftus John emailed me to suggest adding Savvy Bestsellers, which is written by a Dominican living in St Kitts