This is our third staging of Read Caribbean and we are looking to make a bigger impact in the Reading community. The month of June is celebrated as Caribbean Heritage Month and it is a month where we encourage people to Read Caribbean.
In 2019 I started the calling June Read Caribbean month to tie in with the Caribbean Heritage month celebrations. This initiative was started to create awareness for Caribbean Literature, Caribbean Authors and Authors from Caribbean Heritage. The aim of the Read Caribbean month is to encourage persons to:
- Read books by Caribbean Nationals/ persons of Caribbean heritage
- Books about the Caribbean
- Books set in the Caribbean
Currently we have over 60 Caribbean Bookstagrammers living in the Caribbean and the diaspora who are actively taking part in Read Caribbean month. They will be using their platform to create awareness about Caribbean authors and their work.
Here is the list of activities you can look forward to in June for #ReadCaribbean month.
Read Caribbean Challenge
If you are looking to get in on the Read Caribbean action, or increase your reading list then the Read Caribbean challenge is for you! On specific days in June we will be creating awareness for different genres of Caribbean Literature. The challenges will be creating awareness for Caribbean Women authors, Queer authors, poetry, folklore and an introduction to various Caribbean Bookstagrammers and why they are taking part in the initiative. Be sure to follow the hashtag to get in on all the action.
Read Caribbean Author Panels
Every Sunday in June we will be hosting a panel discussion and you are all welcome to come and join us- IT’S FREE!!!! We have authors from all over the Caribbean who will be taking their Sunday afternoon to chat with us. Here are the panels, be sure to register for each discussion and come through.
Caribbean Women Writing Home | Sunday June 6, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
Caribbean Women Writing Home will feature women writing about their homeland. This panel will be lead by Stephanie Ramlogan and includes Caribbean authors, Alexia Arthurs, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Tiphanie Yanique and Zalika Reid-Benta. Tap to join!
The Haunting of Paradise | Sunday June 13, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
In The Haunting of Paradise we will be talking about fantasy and folklore. This panel will be led by Trinidadian author Breanne Mc Ivor and will feature authors, Cadwell Turnbull, Ciannon Smart, P. Djeli Clark, Shakirah Bourne and Tracey Baptiste. Tap to register.
New Voices to the Caribbean | Sunday June 20, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
New Voices to Caribbean Literature panel discussion will feature some recently published Caribbean authors. The panel will be lead by Bookstagrammer Cindy Allman and will feature authors like Antonio Michael Downing, Celeste Mohammed, Cherie Jones and N.G. Peltier. Click to register.
Instagram Author Lives
We will be spending some time in conversation with some of our favorite Caribbean authors including Leone Ross! Come and join us on a Friday afternoon!
Caribbean Bookstagrammer Live
Every Tuesday evening I will be going live with a Caribbean Bookstagrammers. We will be talking about Caribbean books, authors we love and their books. Come listen to the live as we discuss what Read Caribbean means to us as readers. Come through and show us some love during these lives. Here is the line up!
Tuesday June 1: I will be joined by ApphiaReads and TheBookSparkCol
Tuesday June 8: I will be joined by Herewereadforfun AndHeReadsToo and Booklempt.gyal
Tuesday June 15: I will be joined by BookLimerzBookClub BahaReads and Cecepointofview
Tuesday June 22: I will be joined by Ifthisisparadise Allbookduptt and thegrownupmillennial
Tuesday June 29: I will be joined by RebelWomenLit and LalaBear
There you have it friends, the list of activities for this, the third year of Read Caribbean! Come and join us!