June was Caribbean Heritage Month and we celebrated by over-working and then complaining. Inside Caribbean Joke. 

Caribbean Literature is a genre of movement as a result of immigration. This luminal space gives Caribbean writers a lot of freedom. They are not bounded by any literary tradition. Caribbean cultures are always being shaped and reshaped, and at the same time shaping the new cultures it interacts with. As a result, Caribbean literature is a literary bridge because expands readers' linguistic, cultural, and political understanding of the world.

We celebrated by showcasing spectacular Caribbean authors.  Check out our Instagram for all the fun. 


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Our Feature Writer: Cherie Jones

Her Debut Novel: How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House 

My Caribbean sister was born in Barbados. Cherie won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 1999. She won both the Archie Markham Award and the A.M. Heath Prize at Sheffield Hallam in the UK. A collection of interconnected stories set in a different small community in Barbados won a third prize at the Frank Collymore Endowment Awards in 2016.  She still works as a lawyer, in addition to being a writer. 

Here is what O Magazine has said about the novel: "Searing . . . In affluent Baxter's Beach, the gentry of Barbados maneuver around their servants with velvet gloves and steel nerves, exposing fault lines of resentment, love as ephemeral as a tropical breeze.”
(O Magazine)

Happy Reading! 


Humble Brag: I make very delicious Rum Punches. You must try this recipe. Um, you might not make it past the third page.  
ALERT: Published Book Review

"In an interview on the Ezra Klein Show, the two-term American poet laureate Tracy K. Smith describes poetry as “insisting on a different logic…trying to pull out a different part of how we perceive the world.” Pamela Sneed’s book, Funeral Diva, part prose and part verse, captures this “new logic,” documenting her coming of age as a young queer Black woman-artist in New York City in the 1980s. Sneed references fictional characters and historical events against “ordinary” moments in black lives, wanting us to see the architecture of black lives through a historical framework. The intersections of these aspects in her writing create new windows and mirrors that amplify their voices."
Yo! We out here moving and shaking. Thanks to  Salamander Review for asking Brown Girl Book Lover to write a book review for Funeral Diva. 

Read The Book Review Here:
For The living and the Dead: Funeral Diva by Pamela Sneed
Purchase: Salamander Review

Who Is Brown Girl Book Lover? 

  • We interview BIPOC writers about their books and promote them. 
  • We review books by BIPOC & marginalized writers. 
  • We value & celebrate the intellectual contributions of BIPOC writers. 
  • We unearth published books by BIPOC writers and give them the limelight. 

My name is Leslie Ann Murray, and I’m a fiction writer, a book lover, a Trinidadian, a New Yorker, and your tour guide to literary diversity. 
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