African Diaspora

Selection of Books by Dominican Authors

Negre Mawon: The Fighting Maroons of Dominica is an historical account of Dominica’s inhabitants from the time of European explorers to present day. Much of the Island’s events were determined by its landscape and as the author guides his readers through a timescape of war, betrayal, survival and perseverance, it becomes clear why Dominica “displays not so much the effects of a plantation society but that of a Maroon Society”. Order Negre Mawon from

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Parcel by Alick Lazare: A young slave, falsely accused of child molestation and afterwards stalked and seduced by his mistress, joins the maroons in the forested hills of Dominica and lives a life of adventure and romance among the hardy old warriors that he found there. Order Pharcel: Runaway Slave from amazon Books

Kalinago Blood by Alick Lazare: Captain Thomas Warner is an English adventurer. He and his crew find themselves stranded on the shores of St. kitts, where they make the acquaintance of the local tribe, the Kalinago. Order Kalinago Blood from Amazon Books

Nature Island Verses by Alick Lazare: This small volume of poetry will enchant the reader with its simple and honest portrayal of life on a small, green island in the Caribbean where life takes on the idyll of paradise. Order Nature Island Verses from Amazon Books

Jewels of the Caribbean West Indian Short Stories: This collection of 15 short stories features writers from across the Caribbean, three of which hail from the small island of Dominica including Kristine Simelda’s short story Brother. Order Jewels of the Caribbean from
The Dominica Story by Lennox Honychurch: The definitive history of the island by the definitive local historian. The recent revision brings it right up to date.
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Kwéyòl Donmnik: Dominican Kwéyòl for Beginners by Sylvia Henderson Mitchell: This invaluable language book teaches the Dominican Kwéyòl language from the very beginning. It explains Dominican Kwéyòl Grammar in simple terms, is easy to follow and includes exercises at the end of each chapter. The book also includes two useful glossaries: English to Kwéyòl and Kwéyòl to English, plus some Kwéyòl proverbs and conversations. Purchase Online from Author’s Website – Kwéyò

Look Back! by Trish Cooke: This delightful book was written by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Caroline Binch, both of whom are award-winners in children’s literature. Look Back! celebrates the relationship between a grandmother (from Dominica) and her grandson as she tells him about her childhood adventures in the rainforest and her encounters with the mysterious Ti Bolom. Order Look Back! (paperback Edition) from
Snake King of the Kalinago: This charming book was written by the Grade 6 children of Atkinson School in Bataka, Dominica. It is a mythical story from the legends of the Kalinago people (Carib Indians). Order Snake King of the Kalinago from

Unburnable by Marie-Elena John: This compelling first novel traces the fortunes of three generations of women from the small Caribbean Island of Dominica. Matilda, descended from African slaves, was a famous healer and possible murderer. The story of her hanging was handed down in songs. Her daughter, Iris, was famous as the jilted lover of a rich man and the victim of a horrific rape. Her subsequent insanity and death also became legendary. Iris’ daughter, Lillian, was raised by her devoutly Catholic stepmother. Until the age of 15 she remains unaware that the infamous women of song are her legacy. Now living in Washington, D.C., the fragile, adult Lillian returns to Dominica to try to unravel the history of her family. The richly told narrative alternates between time periods, building suspense and compassion for all of the characters…
Marta Segal. Buy from Amazon – Unburnable: A Novel

Wide Sargasso Sea: Wide Sargasso Sea is the story of Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who grew up in the West Indies on a decaying plantation…The novel is Rhys’s answer to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

The Islandman Sings His Song A Collection of Poems by Giftus R. John June: A collection of poems expressing the author’s perspective on
life in Dominica and the rest of the world. Order The Islandman Sings His Song from Amazon Books
The Autobiography of My Mother : “My mother died at the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between myself and eternity,” writes Jamaica Kincaid in this disturbing, compelling novel set on the island of Dominica.
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