Books from the Caribbean

Papillote Press is a small, independent publishing house specialising in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean.

“Papillote Press is committed to telling our stories in books that are made to be treasured.” Marina Salandy-Brown, founder and director of the Bocas Lit Fest.

“Papillote Press has been etching out a space for themselves as an outlet for burgeoning talent.” Richard Georges, poet, winner of the Bocas Lit Fest award for Caribbean literature, 2020.

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New Website

Here’s our glittering new website - thanks to the skills of Dominica-based designer Petrea of @bluecurtaincreative and @petrea_creates. It's cutting edge — mobile-friendly and generally user friendly. And it’s now so much easier to buy our books. Do you have a...

Emancipation Day

It’s important to remember those who resisted slavery in the Caribbean - and not just on Emancipation Day (1 August). “In the Forests of Freedom” by the Dominican historian and anthropologist Lennox Honychurch tells the story of the Maroons of Dominica who threatened...
Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

Featured book

Dangerous Freedom

Lawrence Scott

“Lyrical and gripping, this book shows how good historical fiction can be.”    New West Indian Guide (forthcoming).

In this radical and moving historical novel, Lawrence Scott weaves fact with fiction to reveal “the great deception” exercised by the powerful on a mixed-race child born in the late 18th century and brought up in the London home of England’s Lord Chief Justice.

Books from the Caribbean

Papillote Press is a small, independent publishing house specialising in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean.

“Papillote Press is committed to telling our stories in books that are made to be treasured.” Marina Salandy-Brown

“Papillote Press has been etching out a space for themselves as an outlet for burgeoning talent.” Richard Georges

Featured book

Dangerous Freedom

Lawrence Scott

In this radical and moving historical novel, Lawrence Scott weaves fact with fiction to reveal “the great deception” exercised by the powerful on a mixed-race child born in the late 18th century and brought up in the London home of England’s Lord Chief Justice.

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Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

News & Blog

New Website

Here’s our glittering new website - thanks to the skills of Dominica-based designer Petrea of @bluecurtaincreative and @petrea_creates. It's cutting edge — mobile-friendly and generally user friendly. And it’s now so much easier to buy our books. Do you have a...

Emancipation Day

It’s important to remember those who resisted slavery in the Caribbean - and not just on Emancipation Day (1 August). “In the Forests of Freedom” by the Dominican historian and anthropologist Lennox Honychurch tells the story of the Maroons of Dominica who threatened...

New & Recommended

Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

Guabancex

by Celia A Sorhaindo

ISBN: 9781999776879
2020, Paperback, £6.50

On 18 September 2017, a category 5 hurricane, the worst in recorded history, hit the Caribbean island of Dominica. Hurricane Maria destroyed lives and land. Nothing would be the same again. Guabancex, the first published collection of poems by Celia A Sorhaindo, explores the complex mix of experiences and emotions, both during and after the event.

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Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

Riff: the Shake Keane Story

by Philip Nanton

ISBN: 9781999776893
2021, Paperback, £12.99

Shake Keane was the star sideman in the ground-breaking Joe Harriott Quintet of the 1960s. A jazz virtuoso on trumpet and flugelhorn, he was also an original and award-winning poet. What went into the making of this shapeshifter from the Caribbean island of St Vincent? Philip Nanton explores a turbulent life.

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featured authors

Celia A Sorhaindo

Celia Sorhaindo is the author of the poetry collection, Guabancex, and co-compiler of Home Again: Stories of Migration and Return. She lives in Dominica, her birthplace.

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Philip Nanton

Philip Nanton was born in St Vincent & the Grenadines and lived for many years in England before moving to Barbados in 2000. As well as being Shake Keane’s biographer, he is a poet, broadcaster and performer.

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up & coming

Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

Black Man Listen

by Kathy Casimir MacLean

This is the first biography of JR Ralph Casimir (1898-1986), a Pan-Africanist and poet from the Caribbean island of Dominica. Lovingly written by his grand-daughter Kathy Casimir MacLean, it explores his political and personal life. In particular, it examines his involvement with Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) of which he was a founding member, organiser and agent for Garvey’s Black Star Line. He committed his life to opposing the discrimination woven in to the British colonial system. A teacher, bookbinder, and lawyer’s clerk, he was also a prolific poet and editor of Dominica’s first poetry anthology. Publication date: November 1 2021