The 2017 IndyList

The 2017 ArtsEtc Independence Reading List, The 2017 IndyList

THE ArtsEtc Independence Reading List turns seven this year!

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 their 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, this time by Heather Barker, Christine Barrow, Racquel Griffith, Jasmine Sealy, and ArtsEtc editors Linda M. Deane and Robert Edison Sandiford.

To come: our guides to the authors themselves and their wider works, and excerpts from books on the list.

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!


Historic Bridgetown, Warren Alleyne

A singular guide by the late historian on Barbados’ singular capital 

The Thunder Beneath Us, Nicole Blades

What truth and forgiveness often sound like, if we’re strong enough to listen 

Liviticus, Kamau Brathwaite

Described as “a monument to sorrow that cherishes our origins”

Bridgeland: Volume One, Marc R.D. Gibson

A graphic novel of brotherly revenge…and all that goes with it 

Fine Dining Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes, Kelly Henry

A fun and tasty exploration of the way we increasingly cook 

Collected Poems 1975-2015, John Robert Lee

Reflections on faith, and on fidelity to the word

New Worlds, Old Ways, edited by Karen Lord

Contemporary Caribbean speculative fiction at its finest

Canouan Suite & Other Pieces, Philip Nanton

The author offers biting dialogue between words and images

Greetings, Leroy, Itah Sadu with Alix Delinois (illustrator)

Sometimes, a skin-teeth is a laugh or smile

Milk Making, Gregory Skeete

Not just another cow story for kids 

The ArtsEtc Winning Words Anthology: NIFCA 2015-2016, Various

Presenting some of the best work from Barbadian writers today

The Dark Land, Ronald A. Williams

A memoir, a secret, and a 19th-century slave rebellion


Catch up on your local reading by checking out our previous Lists: