ArtsEtc champions Bajan books

For the second year running, ArtsEtc Inc., in collaboration with its art partners, has released a reading list for Independence.

The List, which it is also called, contains 12 titles.  All are by Barbadian authors or those Barbadians may rightly claim. 

Some are found in our bookstores, others in the National Library or second-hand bookshops or online. Wherever you find these books—our books—it is about savouring them, treasuring them, challenging them.  Then going out and finding more!

This year’s campaign features a quote from children’s author Jason Cole, who is also on The List. He reminds Barbadians that with every story their authors write, they are adding to the cultural landscape of their people, to their greater sense of self.

The List first appeared on November 30, 2011. It came about as the result of someone at a book launch expressing an interest to ArtsEtc’s editors in reading more books by Barbadian authors but claiming not to know where to start.

The List is featured on ArtsEtc’s blog, Facebook page and Twitter, and is sponsored by Days Books, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, the University Bookshop, the National Library Service, and the Barbados Association of Reading.


Of Water and Rock
Thomas Armstrong

Bustin’ the Blues
Winston Farrell

Sand for Snow: A
Caribbean-Canadian Chronicle

Robert Edison Sandiford

A-Z of Barbadian Heritage
Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore, and Addinton Forde

Saraband (The Incomplete Works
of Caroline Ravenspeare)

Carolle Bourne

Marching to a Different Drummer: Elements of Barbadian Culture
P. Antonio Rudder

How Music Came to the Ainchan People: A Novel
Timothy Callender

Nailah Folami Imoja

Geoffrey Drayton

Ship Shape
Dorothea Smartt

The Burning Bush Women and Other Stories
Cherie Jones

Cricket is My Game
Jason Cole

SEE ALSO reviews from the 2011 IndyList for Anatomy of a Scream, Brown Girl, Brownstones, and Shouts from the Outfield

Last updated December 22, 2017.