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Favorite Caribbean Authors and Books


My book club asked me to put together a list of the Caribbean and African authors that I read growing up in Grenada and Barbados as I sometimes mention them in the book club. So, of course, I roped my mother (retired language and literature teacher) and my sister (fellow book nut like me) in to help. Here is the list that we came up with. This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives a great starting point for you.

Michael Anthony (Trinidad)
Green Days by the River
The Year in San Fernando

V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad)
A House for Mr. Biswas
Miguel Street
A Bend in the River

Samuel Selvon (Trinidad)
A Brighter Sun
The Lonely Londoners
Moses Ascending
Ways of Sunlight

Earl Lovelace (Trinidad)
The Wine of Astonishment

Geoffrey Drayton (Barbados)

George Lamming (Barbados)
In the Castle of my Skin

Roger Mais (Jamaica)
Brother Man

Austin Clark (Barbados)
The Polished Hoe

Richardo Keens-Douglas (Grenada)
(Children’s Stories)
The Nutmeg Princess
Mama God Papa God

Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Things Fall Apart
No Longer at Ease
Arrow of God

Ngugi Wa Thiong’O (Kenya)
The River Between
A Grain of Wheat

Elechi Amadi (Nigeria)
The Concubine
The Great Ponds
The Slave

Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)

Andrew Salkey (Jamaica – born in Panama)

Various Authors
The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories – Edited by Stewart Brown and John Wickham

Known for Poetry, Essays, Storytelling, Short Stories
Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados)
Frank Collymore (Barbados)
Derek Walcott (St. Lucia)
Paul Keens-Douglas ( also known for spoken word) (Grenada)

Making this list brought back so many memories. It also makes me, not only want to re-read some of these but to add to the few I already own and start a Caribbean and African shelf on my bookcase. Guess that will have to wait till I lift the book buying embargo! Have you read any of these authors?

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