Category Archives: Guyanese Books

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

Book Review: Epiphanies from Under The Tamarind Tree – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Reblogged from:  Three Worlds One Vision
Epiphanies from Under The Tamarind Tree by Rosaliene Bacchus

by Rosaliene Bacchus

Reblogged from Anything is Possible!:

Click to visit the original postAt first I didn’t think I had much in common with Richard Cheong, the main character in Under the Tamarind Tree.  His story is set  in the country of Guiana during the 1950s and 60s during a time of political and personal danger which I have never experienced.  Richard’s father was Chinese and his mother was from India. His dream is to have a big chicken farm.

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Short Story: Roses on the Atlantic for a Flower from Guyana – By Bertrand Ramcharan

ROSES ON THE ATLANTIC FOR A FLOWER FROM GUYANA – Short Story

By Bertrand Ramcharan

They had traversed the Atlantic half a century earlier, from Guyana to London, in pursuit of higher education. They had both obtained doctorates from British universities, and their only son had also received a doctorate in Switzerland. They had been a happy family, and she was the inspiration: beautiful in mind and body, beautiful in honour, and gracious in personality. Such a lovely person.

And now, half a century later, she had been called to heaven. And he was again on the Atlantic, but this time alone. And he thought of her; much. What a gem of a person she had been. She had been his strength, his anchor, his solace.  Continue reading

Six Books by Yolanda T. Marshall – Published between 2008-2019

Six Books by Yolanda T. Marshall   ….   Book List:    https://www.ytmarshall.com/yolanda-marshall-books

Yolanda T. Marshall is a Guyanese-born Canadian Author.

As a cross-genre writer, Miss Marshall silently commands you to read and digest life’s cultural motions.

 The oldest of three girls, she began writing poems at the age of 8 years-old. A daughter of a talented Guitarist, her lyrics manifest into poetry, like a genetic code. Poems such as “Serenaded in New York,” “Delia Sings the Blues,” and “Single Rose” flow on a mellow Jazz -like note.       

BOOKS By Yolanda T. Marshall:            There are SIX books published between 2008-2019        Continue reading

A Simple Man” – Poem by Caribbean Poet Ian McDonald

FRONT COVER: PEOPLE OF GUYANA BY IAN MCDONALD AND PETER JAILALL
PHOTO CREDIT: MIDDLEROAD PUBLISHERS/CANADA

My Poetry Corner October 2019 features the poem “A Simple Man” by Ian McDonald from the joint poetry collection, People of Guyana, by Ian McDonald and Peter Jailall. Born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1933, Ian McDonald is a poet, novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer. After moving to then British Guiana in 1955, he made his home there. Today, he lives partly in his adopted homeland and partly in Canada.      Continue reading

Guyana Stories: On Visiting Gunga Din’s Barbershop in Late 1940’s – By Maurice St. Pierre

Guyana Stories: On Visiting Gunga Din’s Barbershop in Late 1940’s

– By Maurice St. Pierre

Because his hair grew quickly, Mitch went to Gunga Din’s barber shop almost bi-weekly, where as a l’il boy he was treated as a nonexistent entity by the adult males present, some of whom never appeared to be gainfully employed, and who never got haircuts. There was, for example, Bill the “philosopher” who always kept his hat on and who spent a great deal of time pontificating on the nature of colonialism and about life in England although he had never visited the Mother Country.          Continue reading

BOOK: Under the Tamarind Tree – a Review by Trev Sue-A-Quan

Under the Tamarind Tree is a story of outsider influences. Richard Cheong, the main character, finds himself influenced by attitudes and events beyond his control. There is an outside child in the family – a boy whose very existence causes a divide between family members. Some are filled with resentment that this male child could be receiving financial benefits and privileges that are traditionally retained within a nuclear family.

The animosity among some siblings leads to actions of a life-threatening nature. Richard himself perpetuates some of the conflicts by tenuously holding on to the glorious tradition of fathering a son of his own. With this objective entrenched in his mind, his wife Gloria gives birth to a fourth child but he dies at childbirth and this results in considerable friction within his family.

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BOOK: Excerpt: Under the Tamarind Tree – Stabroek News- The Writers’ Room

The Writers’ RoomBy Rosaliene Bacchus

Georgetown, British Guiana, June 16, 1950

Richard Cheong cradled his first-born in his arms. He had hoped for a boy-child but would have to wait until next time. He was the only surviving son of seven children. Two boys had died of malaria soon after birth. Two months after his eighth birthday, Edward, the youngest, was found dead under the tamarind tree on the sugar estate road in the neighboring village.
His passing had drained their mother’s energies. Her death shortly thereafter had changed their lives forever. Richard had been thirteen.        Continue reading

BOOK: Wah Dih Story Seh? – By Pauline Felicia Baird

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Wah Dih Story Seh?: An Oral Tradition in the Guyanese village, Buxton

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The book is for the entire family and it is on Amazon, Kindle, and Createspace.

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