Books by Barbadian authors recognized in Casa de las Amerícas Literary Awards

Two books by Barbadian authors were among the top three in the Caribbean Literature in English or Creole category of the 2018 Casa de las Amerícas Literary Awards which were announced in Havana, Cuba, on January 25.

Tracing JaJa (novel) by Anthony Kellman was the winner in this category, while Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba (essay) by Sharon Milagro Marshall received honourable mention.

Canouan Suite & Other Pieces (poetry) by Vincentian Philip Nanton also received honourable mention.

The jury consisted of Elizabeth Nunez of Trinidad and Tobago, Jacob Ross of Grenada, and Emilio Jorge Rodríguez of Cuba.

The judges described Tracing JaJa as, an intense work of historical narration based on real events, revealing one of the atrocities of British colonial history.

Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba chronicles the experiences of Barbadians and other British West Indies who migrated to Cuba in search of a better life during the early part of the Twentieth Century.

Casa de las Américas was founded by the Cuban Government in April 1959 to develop and extend socio-cultural relations with the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

It was originally a publishing house and information centre, but has developed into the best-known and most prestigious cultural institution in Cuba. The literary prize has been awarded annually since 1960. The main award categories are poetry, short story, novel, theatre and essay.

11 Responses to Books by Barbadian authors recognized in Casa de las Amerícas Literary Awards

  1. Ossie Moore January 27, 2018 at 2:55 pm


  2. Stephen McLean January 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Congrats..well done

    I am guessing there will not be many responses here as it is not sewage, politics or other sensational news

    Very very sad!

    • Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Could be other reasons too which will be based on the relevance of books to the person and also the topic of books. E.g I would be very interested in a book looking at the influence of European systems on blacks and the birthing of a criminal mindset. Or an EXTENSIVE well research writings on Jacob and Esau. But guess what those books will NEVER come close to being recognized by this Casa de las Américas or any other publishing house for that matter. Never the less I would love to read these books. Hope they are thorough.

      • Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        You see the MAJORITY of people love lies and drunkenness and the holding onto this very OLD Nimrodic system.

  3. Sheron Inniss January 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm


    Maybe others who write will research this award and consider submitting their work next time around.

  4. Jennifer January 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    What we also need is books which forms a pulley to sanction/corroborate the UPWARD movement of this people.

  5. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 1:37 am

    You are so true Jennifer !
    Ah wonder if any of the books are available in stores

    • j January 28, 2018 at 8:14 am

      True it did not even say Luther.

    • Jennifer January 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

      True, the article did not even say Luther.

  6. Helen Juanita Lynch January 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    luther thorne “Ah wonder if any of the books are available in stores>

    I bought “Tell my mother I gone to Cuba” at the UWI bookstore just before Christmas 2016. A lovely read. If you haven’t bought it yet, you should.

  7. Sam clarke January 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations to the winners. It is good to see the good that continue to come from the rock.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *