One Year from Tuesday

Looking at the scene before her, Reisha felt as if she had been transported to an alternate universe. Just two hours earlier, the dignitaries in the room had been carefully dressed in perfectly tailored tuxedos and the latest evening gowns from Trinidad and St. Maarten dripping with jewels as they dined and shared pleasantries.

Now, the tables in the Antigua Grand Ballroom looked bare as everyone but Reisha seemed to be on the dance floor. Bow ties had been undone, high heels flung off and the dripping jewels were now matched by drooping hairdos as the executives and major shareholders of the Caribbean Business Group (CBG) surrendered to the music. Continue reading

Author pens Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God

Lydia, revealing new book by radio DJ Lydia G. Henderson.

GREAT BAY, St. Martin —Radio personality Lydia G. Henderson has joined the ranks of this Caribbean island’s authors with her new book, Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God.

Released here this week by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), the autobiography tracks open and intimate aspects of Henderson’s life from childhood in the 1970s, to the present.

Along with her 10 brothers and sisters, Lydia was reared by her parents in Guyana and Suriname. “I moved to St. Martin in 1993, and later lived in the USA and the Netherlands, where I had some unbelievable experiences,” said Henderson.

Some of those “experiences” took place in the sexual underbelly of places where the author had lived and are recounted in Lydia. Readers will find “from the shocking, sultry, to what the author believes was her turning point to salvation,” according to HNP.

Lydia is HNP’s second autobiography in little over one year but the one with the most explicit content.

“This is an adult subject book. Adults who buy Lydia or have it in the home should keep it out of the reach of children and generally away from readers under 18 years of age,” according to the publisher.

Ironically, it is exactly as a child that we first find the author in a compromising situation with one of her “mother’s friends” who “had come by from church,” according to the first of the book’s 16 chapters.

“Amazement and disbelief at what happens so close to us and to our children …” is how prominent businessman Neil Henderson characterizes Lydia. He was one of the first readers of the manuscript that eventually became the published book.

Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God is available at Van Dorp bookstores and through the publisher www.houseofnehesipublish.com.

Caption: Lydia, revealing new book by radio DJ Lydia G. Henderson.

Chee Chee heads to Trinidad nature park in third adventure novel

Cover of third novel by Carol Mitchell Trapped in Dunston’s Cave.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – It’s been two years since Chee Chee the monkey took children on a Caribbean adventure but he’s back in Carol Mitchell’s third novel Trapped in Dunston’s Cave.
In the new book, now available on Amazon.com, Mark, Kyle, Ingrid and Mark’s pet monkey Chee Chee set off for a school trip to Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature Centre excited and ready for adventure. However, when Kyle disappears in the rain forest, the trip turns into a dangerous encounter with poachers who are trying to steal rare oilbirds from Dunston’s Cave.
This third installment in the Caribbean Adventure Series takes a new twist as it deals with current issues of nature and animal conservation. True to form, Mitchell presents a colourful representation of the Caribbean island of Trinidad mixed with history and present-day culture through the eyes of primary school children.
“Trinidad is one of the islands in the Caribbean that holds special memories for me. I spent my formative years living there and I loved visiting the Asa Wright Nature Centre. I knew I wanted to take Chee Chee and the children to this park before I even completed the second novel,” recounts the author. “I am really happy to provide our children with a new way to learn about the importance of us taking care of our environment, our animals and the flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy.”
The Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is a nature resort and scientific research station in the Arima Valley of the Northern Range in Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre is one of the top bird watching spots in the Caribbean; with a total of 159 species of birds recorded there. The centre became internationally renowned for its easy access to wildlife, especially the Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) colonies in the nearby Dunston Cave, and large numbers of hummingbirds.
Trapped in Dunston’s Cave is aimed at children age nine to twelve but the action-packed 100 pages is a good read for adults as well. Readers will get hints of the adventures Mark, Kyle and Ingrid experienced in Book One, Adventure at Brimstone Hill and Book Two, Pirates at Port Royal, which take place in St. Kitts and Jamaica respectively.
“Reading is still the best way to stir the imagination of our children and also to instill a love for learning and for their culture. Putting each book together is a pleasure because I get to delve into the history of each island and remind myself of what makes each nation unique but yet still so Caribbean,” Mitchell says.
Order your copy of Trapped in Dunston’s Cave and find out if Chee Chee is able to save his friends from the poachers at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad.
Learn more about Carol Mitchell and the Chee Chee novels at www.caribbeanadventureseries.com and on Facebook.com.
Find out about the Asa Wright Nature Centre at www.asawright.org.

The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur in new edition of Carlong’s Principle of Business text book

BRADES, Montserrat – The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur by author and entrepreneur Nerissa Golden is featured in the new Carlong Principles of Business for CSEC With SBA, Study Guide & Exercises.

A synopsis of Golden’s second book can be found on page 33 of the 600-page text book targeted at secondary school students across the Caribbean.

“It is a tremendous honour to be featured in a book that is used to educate our children about business and the possibilities for entrepreneurship,” said the author. “The fact that they also mention the names of other entrepreneurs that I admire greatly for their creativity and ambition as part of the segment is also an added bonus.”

The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth mentions among others, the work of techpreneur Gregory Richardson, Knitwear designer Kaishah Peters and dancer Susan Barnes, three of the entrepreneurs that also presented at Golden’s conference YES Caribbean on Montserrat earlier this year.

The book was published in 2009 and highlights how Caribbean people can use their passions to create rewarding business ventures. The book is divided into three sections: What Daddy Taught Me About Money, Fear Factors: Barriers to Financial Success and The Noah Principle: Strategies for Gaining and Maintaining Wealth.

“I’ve always wanted to write and it seemed right to start with what was happening in my life, which was trying and failing and then continuing to try and build various businesses. What was clearly missing was a book that looked at many of the internal issues that paralyse us from pursuing our dreams to own a business. These were problems I battled with and others have too, so the book looks at the three main areas that I believe are essential to building and sustaining a business,” explained Golden.

Golden is the founder of Victory Christian Academy on St. Maarten, an alternative learning school for students from kindergarten to high school. She presently runs goldenmedia Montserrat, a media relations firm which specializes in marketing, brand development and creating strategic partnerships for entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations throughout the Caribbean. She also authored Truly Caribbean Woman’s Guide to Good Love in 2009.

Purchase your copy on amazon.com or by visiting trulycaribbean.net.

Debbie at University of New Orleans, Howard and Lasana at Yale University

Drisana “Debbie” Jack (L) with fellow poet Rene Violenus at the St. Martin Book Fair 2011. (CLF photo)

GREAT BAY, St. Martin —Skin by Drisana Deborah Jack is in the company of Caribbean greats at the University of New Orleans (UNO), said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

The poetry collection by the St. Martin poet/artist is now required reading for “Modern Anglophone Caribbean Poetry.” The Fall 2011 course is taught by Prof. John Gery, an Ezra Pound scholar.

The English Dept. course includes books by Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Claude McKay, and Derek Walcott, all world-acclaimed authors. The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, edited by Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt is also among the nine main texts that will be studied for the class, said Sample.

“This is another step in having the work of St. Martin writers recognized as part of the canon of Modern Caribbean literature; it’s gratifying to have another collection of poetry recognized this way,” said Jack after learning that Skin will be studied at UNO.

Skin, published here by HNP in 2006, is Jack’s second book used in a US university course.

Sir Howard Fergus

The students enrolled in the UNO course will study Caribbean poetry in English since 1900; look at the history, culture, politics, and languages of the region; interpret specific poems, and recognize significant themes, stated the course description.

“Last Spring another HNP book published in St. Martin was involved with a US university course,” said Sample.

Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou by Howard A. Fergus was a curriculum support text for “Music and Narrative in the Hispanic Caribbean,” a 300-level Spanish course taught by Prof. Anibal Gonzalez-Perez at Yale University.

The selected bibliography that included the critical book about the St. Martin writer’s work was prepared for the Spring 2011 class by Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western European Languages and Literature. Yale’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese has been ranked #1 in the USA by the National Research Council.

Dr. Fergus, the author of the book of literary criticism, hails from Montserrat.

The Yale University Library has also identified Love Labor Liberation as a book to study topics such as “Language and Literature” and “Criticism and interpretation” in the category of “Caribbean Area Civilization.”