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
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Thanks, Andrew. it’s good to be in the company of all these great blogs.
You’re welcome, Geoffrey! And thanks for linking to my post from your blog too – much appreciated. Do you know of any others I could include?
Thank you for this list Andrew! I am always trying to find material from Caribbean writers so I can reference from/refer to at ISLAND VIGNETTES. There is more to the Caribbean than sun, sea & sand. The region is a unique space made up of such a vibrant populace. Its always interesting to learn about the raw, real & riveting stories/perspectives lurking behind the deceptively sleepy island charm.
Hi Island Scribbler, many thanks for visiting! I’m glad you found the list useful. There’s definitely a lot more to the Caribbean than sun, sea & sand. So many stories, so much history and culture, so many different languages and traditions all packed into a small region. It’s unbelievable! Sun sea & sand is a good way to sell to the tourist market, but it does sell the region short.
Thanks Andrew, this is a great resource! And a way to make the RSS reader packed even more but who minds that.
Hi Charlie, glad you found it useful! Hey, that’s what RSS readers are for 🙂 I keep meaning to prune mine one day, but it’s still always crazy. Anyway the Worm Hole is one blog that would never get pruned!
Thanks, Andrew. It’s nice to see Memo in the mix with the rest of the top literary sites in the region!
Hey no problem, it’s a site I always enjoy visiting!
Thank you so much for this nod of appreciation, Andrew! It’s a pleasure to be in such varied and essentially Caribbean company. I raise my glass to Island Scribbler’s sentiment that there’s so much more to regional identity than a frolicksome beachy paradise — I feel like all the blogs you’ve highlighted here bear that out in their uniquely riveting ways.
I’ve got a Caribbean Literary Links section on my blogroll at Novel Niche. While they’re mostly not book blogs, they are all bookish in nature. You might find the list useful/interesting/worth a perusal.
You’re very welcome! And yes, I agree re the beach paradise thing, and that the blogs show that there’s a lot more going on.
That’s a great resource, thanks for letting me know! I’ll edit the post to add in a link to it.
Hi Andrew! You might want to check out our podcast series of interviews with writers. Most of them are Caribbean writers or writers with Caribbean connections. Cheers!
Thanks – that looks very interesting. Although it’s not strictly a book blog, I’ll add it to the post, as I think it’s a great resource. Lots of great Caribbean writers to hear from, and am also interested in the Patrick French interview – loved his biography of VS Naipaul!
Hi Andrew, Thank you for this list, with some useful links. As far as I know, the Island Fiction Series Editor is still active, but posts are few and far between. As you well know, It’s a lot of work to keep a blog going with all the other things a writer has to do.
You’re welcome! Yes, it’s definitely hard to keep a blog going, and it’s sad to see some good ones going defunct or at least dormant. Hope to see more from the Island Fiction Series Editor. And your blog looks good too – I’ll add it to the post. Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for the shout out for the Wadadli Pen blog, Andrew. What a lovely surprise to be listed among some of my favourite blogs.
Hey Joanne! You’re welcome – now you see why I emailed you a week or two ago, after poking around on your site 🙂 Thought it was definitely worthy of inclusion.
Thanks so much for this list, Andrew. I’ve bookmarked and will be visiting them!
You are welcome! There are loads of book blogs out there, but not many from the Caribbean, so I thought it was worth putting together the list. Glad you found it useful!
Thanks so much for including us and for the list! Gonna check out some new ones!
You’re welcome! Great to connect with you on Twitter as well 🙂
Thanks for this list, Andrew! It is a wonderful resource! I am bookmarking this page and I will visit these blogs soon.
Great – glad it was useful. There are some interesting sites there, and I always like to discover bloggers from a different part of the world. Maybe you could do a list of Indian book bloggers one day…
Great list, Andrew. Must have taken some time! Thanks for saving us the trouble. Will look through them when I get the chance. And best of luck with everything!
You’re welcome! Yes, I’ve been accumulating sites for a while now, since I came to Barbados, and so I thought I’d try to save other people the trouble. Thanks for stopping by!
When we talk of the Caribbean culture, the first thing that comes to the mind is the song and dance! It’s good that you’ve thrown some light on Caribbean literature. Nice post!
We have so enjoyed reading your blog and love that you are promoting the real Caribbean, would you mind if we posted a link, some of our readers would really enjoy your list.
Thanks very much! Of course, please feel free to post a link. I’m glad you commented, as it was great to discover your site. You have to set up an online shop though – it’s not fair to see all that mouth-watering food and not be able to order it 🙂
Many thanks for including us. It’s an honor. All the best, IR
Thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome – was happy to include your site! Lots of good stuff on there. Keep up the good work!
We definitely need to get the word out about the vibrant literary arts movement in our region. Fortunately cyberspace has leveled the playing field. You have some great ones on this list and I was happy to see Geoffrey Philps’ in particular, since he mentored ME in this area.
I’d like to invite you to visit Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps.
I’d appreciate your feedback. Who knows – if you do a “Best Caribbean Book Blogs Part II”, I just MIGHT make it on. 🙂
Thank you for shining on our work.
Thanks for visiting, and I’m really glad you mentioned your site. It looks wonderful! Can’t believe I didn’t find it before. That’s why I wanted to do this – it’s easy to let good sites go under the radar when you’re just doing general web searches.
You don’t have to wait for Part II – I’ve added you now, in the Updates section 🙂
thank you for this..it is a great list..
i wasn’t able to read all of them yet but i will find time to read them and then be back here to express my thoughts about each of them..
but as of now, so thankful for sharing this.. this saves my time..
Hey there, check out my blog. I blog about Caribbean children’s literature: http://www.summeredward.com/p/blog.html
Looks great – I’ll add it to the list!
You might want to visit Giftus John’s blog at http://www.giftus.wordpress.com
Thanks! I picked up Giftus’s book on a recent trip to Dominica, but had no idea he had a blog. I’ll add it to the list!
Finally…thank you for this 🙂
Glad you found it helpful, Latoya. I love lists!
Thank you so much for including Poets of the Caribbean on your list. This is a great honor, and I am sorry for my late comment. I just saw your list today and I am over the moon. Hope you are enjoying the rich, multilingual literature of the Caribbean (as well as the sun and beaches of Barbados of course!). You have some very good sites on your list and many are on my blog as favorites as well. I will add the ones I did not know of. Thanks again.
You’re welcome – I was happy to include it. Found some great blogs as I was researching the list, and learned a lot about Caribbean literature. Alas, I’m no longer living in Barbados – am now in Crete. But still keeping up with Caribbean literature, which will always have a strong place in my heart. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Just got a pingback from your site from this post. Thanks again for the mention. Please note however, that I’m now at http://TheBookMarketingMentor.com