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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Papillote Press authors at Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.

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Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

Forthcoming book

A Scream in the Shadows

by Mac Donald Dixon

So close to home… so far from justice… so far from paradise.

A compelling crime story set in the rural Caribbean where traditional allegiances and a flawed legal system provide a backdrop to the rape and murder of a young girl. When her father is accused of the crime, her brother joins the police to try and clear their father’s name. While the suspect languishes in jail, the young detective makes some disturbing discoveries.

Publication date: January 31 2022

“In triumphantly transposing the whodunit detective story to the sleepy villages of rural St Lucia, Dixon’s novel shines light on gender-based violence and shows how those shadows blight generations.” Lisa Allen-Agostini, editor of Trinidad Noir

“A welcome addition to a glaringly under-exploited genre in Caribbean writing.”  Jacob Ross, author of Black Rain Falling

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

Forthcoming book

A Scream in the Shadows

by Mac Donald Dixon

So close to home… so far from justice… so far from paradise

A compelling crime story set in the rural Caribbean where traditional allegiances and a flawed legal system provide a backdrop to the rape and murder of a young girl. When her father is accused of the crime, her brother joins the police to try and clear their father’s name. While the suspect languishes in jail, the young detective makes some disturbing discoveries.

Publication date: January 31 2022

“In triumphantly transposing the whodunit detective story to the sleepy villages of rural St Lucia, Dixon’s novel shines light on gender-based violence and shows how those shadows blight generations.” Lisa Allen-Agostini, editor of Trinidad Noir

“A welcome addition to a glaringly under-exploited genre in Caribbean writing.” Jacob Ross, author of Black Rain Falling

Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

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Papillote Press authors at Brooklyn Caribbean Lit Fest

Papillote Press authors at Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.

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Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

Dangerous Freedom

by Lawrence Scott

ISBN: 9781999776862
2021, Paperback, £10.99

‘This is a thought-provoking and subtle novel, from an award-winning Trinidadian writer, which will not be easily forgotten,’ says the Historical Novel Society

In this radical and moving historical novel, 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.

Dido Belle was the daughter of an African-born enslaved woman and the sea-faring nephew of Lord Mansfield…

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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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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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featured authors

Lawrence Scott

Lawrence Scott is an award-winning Caribbean novelist and short-story writer from Trinidad & Tobago. His first novel Witchbroom (1992, and reissued by Papillote Press in 2017) was a BBC Book at Bedtime, while his second novel, Aelred’s Sin, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book for Canada and the Caribbean in 1999.

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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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Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

The Cocoa Dancer and Other Stories

by Alwin Bully

Set in the Caribbean – from Jamaica to Trinidad, Barbados to Dominica, the author’s birthplace – this sparkling collection of stories from one of the Caribbean’s foremost cultural activists is full of surprises, both in style and intent. Characters and plots have a compelling intimacy and warmth that reflect the tragedies and triumphs of the region.

Publication date: November 30 2021

“Alwin Bully allows us into the attic and cellar of his imagination, where he has stored astonishing histories and legacies. We are all the richer for his generosity, grace, and for the artistic impulse beating at these stories’ heart.” Colin Channer, Jamaican author, poet, founder of Calabash International Literary Festival

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: February 2022.