Category Archives: Guyanese Books


HANSIB: Celebrating Fifty Years of Publishing 1970 – 2020

At its inception in 1970, Hansib Publications was the dream of Arif Ali, a Guyanese immigrant, who had no formal experience in publishing. He had settled in England and recognised among his fellow travellers and contemporaries a grandiloquence and epic sensibility which the mainstream media either deliberately ignored or simply failed to recognise at the time.

The titles are mainly by Guyanese and West Indian writers.  They include titles under the following headings:          Continue reading

A Diasporan’s Nostalgia: Guyanese ‘school days’ Parlance – By: Lear Matthews

Pleasant memories at a time of emotional stress, tensions, uncertainty and containment as we try to weave the universal with the particular


When I went to primary school, ah had a ‘muff’. Meh sistuh had plaits wid a big ribbon bow. Meh bruduh used to wear banlon jersey and bell-bottom pants.

I used to keep meh ‘frek’($) in meh pants fabs an’ save it up in meh puzzlin’ tin.

We had a Kelvanater fridge, Singer sewin’ machine an’ a Raleigh bike.        Continue reading

BOOK: Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora – by Grace Aneiza Ali


Liminal Spaces is an intimate exploration into the migration narratives of fifteen women of Guyanese heritage.

It spans diverse inter-generational perspectives – from those who leave Guyana, and those who are left – and seven seminal decades of Guyana’s history – from the 1950s to the present day – bringing the voices of women to the fore.        Continue reading

Pakaraima Writers Association hosted their 15th Annual Literary Ceremony- Outdoors!

books by Guyanese

From: Habeeb Alli, Toronto – Oct 4th 2020 – 

The onset of Covid has caused great inconvenience to many annual events. This year’s Pakaraima literary celebration was no exception. It was initially planned in a restaurant in Pickering, Ontario, but soon had to be hosted in a beautiful retreat-like backyard in Richmond Hill Ontario.  This was all made possible through the generous support of Cliff and Bhano Rajkumar who stepped in at this time of need.

The founder of Pakaraima Writers, Janet Naidu, had this vision to create a space for Guyanese and Caribbean writers and artists fifteen years ago, to showcase their works as well as provide necessary guidance to get published.        Continue reading

BOOK: ‘Poetry and Painting – Creating Connections’ – By C. Aubrey McWatt – FREE

FREE BOOK: from C Aubrey McWatt
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BOOK: “red man” – by Guyana-born Aubrey McWatt and Donna Schweibert

by Aubrey McWatt (Author), Donna Schweibert (Author) – 4.9 out of 5 stars – 10 ratings

The idyllic British colony, the “Land of Many Waters,” ultimately deteriorates into brutal violence, suppression of civil rights, riot, murder, and invasion by Britain at the behest of the United States.

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BOOK: Golden Arrowhead—A Memoir –  by Andra Thakur


My book, GOLDEN ARROWHEAD, (A Memoir) has recently been published (Jaguar Press January, 2020. 360 pp. including 30 pages of maps and photos) but has not fully entered circulation due to the global pandemic.

The book is set in 24 Chapters: 9 in Guyana; 8 in Western Canada–Edmonton and Nanaimo– and 2 each in India, Thailand and West Africa–Ghana and Nigeria.

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BOOK: “Jamaica: Post-Colonial Struggles – Selected Columns 1976 – 2013” – By Wilberne Persaud

  • ISBN: 978-976-95975-2-5 e-book     ORDER at this Link EBOOK $19.38

Comment (excerpts) by Historian Brian Moore on “Jamaica: Post-Colonial Struggles for Dignity, Equity and Development – Selected Columns 1976 – 2013”:


“The book is a wonderful compendium of Wilberne Persaud’s erudite commentaries on contemporary socio-economic developments as they unfolded. In that regard, it literally relives a relatively recent past that still impacts present-day Jamaica.

So, it is particularly informative for policy makers today who can see where and how their predecessors went wrong. But its value will be further enhanced over time as it will become an invaluable interpretive source for future history researchers whether or not they concur with your views.

“Of course, since the focus is exclusively on Jamaica, it should naturally have strong resonance on Jamaicans and on people like me who lived there over many years and experienced much of what it discusses; and of course, also on people who have a scholarly interest on the economic challenges and pitfalls in developing countries. … it’s a work that I will have to read, not in one go, but in segments. There’s a lot to digest. With that in mind, your clear thematic sectionalizing of the articles is a boon.            Continue reading

BOOK: Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging – By Tessa McWatt

Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging

By Tessa McWatt             Listen to excerpt and view ordering information here

What are you?’            

Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked of people of colour by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, French, African, Chinese, Canadian? Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who recount their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame.      Continue reading

BOOK: Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

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Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

Edited by Jack Webb, Rod Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and William Tantam
18 February 2020

In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Caribbean migrants themselves, whose critical reflections on their experiences of migration and decolonisation are interwoven with the essays of academics and activists.            Continue reading