THE ArtsEtc Independence Reading List is now six years old!
The IndyList, as we like to call it, is a selection of 12 Barbadian books to make friends with over the coming year.
The list, which first appeared in 2011, is part of the Editors' ongoing "Mapping Our Literature" mission, which promotes awareness of and celebrates Barbadian books and authors. Each year, we recommend new, classic and noteworthy titles in fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature.
The mapping has expanded to include book reviews by Karen Lord, Mark Jason Welch, Racquel Griffith, Jasmine Sealy, and ArtsEtc editor Robert Edison Sandiford.
To come: our guide to the authors themselves and their wider works.
We wish to thank the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, Days Books and Bajan Reporter for their continued forward thinking and support of the IndyList. We invite schools, reading groups and book clubs interested in learning more about the IndyList to contact us.
Happy Independence—all year long!
THE 2016 INDYLIST TITLES
’Membering, Austin Clarke
The late Barbadian-Canadian writer's final, fierce memoir
The Heartman, Matthew Clarke
Barbadian folklore at its graphic-novel grittiest
Emancipation Still Comin’: Explorations in Caribbean Emancipatory Theology,
Experience the religion of freedom
Barefoot on Ice, Winston Farrell
Poetic reflections on slipping and sliding between here and there, home and away
It Happened in Barbados, G. Addinton Forde
True tall tales about this island life
The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson
What mothers pass on to daughters is often immortal
In the Castle of My Skin, George Lamming
The coming of age of a people, not just a young boy, in the Caribbean
Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett, Robert Edison Sandiford
Decay, death, resurrection—and the sustaining power of memory
Reader, I Married Him, Dorothea Smartt
Love, like dreams, rarely runs straight
Pearl, A Caribbean Story, Melanie R. Springer
A dark comedy featuring obeah, the death of an older sister, and one quirky community
Stories for the Young & Young at Heart, Cynthia Wilson
Watch for the high-flying green monkey
The ArtsEtc Winning Words Anthology: NIFCA 2013-2014, Various
Presenting more of the best work from the next generation of Barbadian writers
Catch up on your local reading by checking out our previous Lists: