Thursday, August 4, 2016

Roume de St. Laurent ... A Memoir

The new historical novel by Gérard A. Besson

A life .... a Caribbean life ... a life of a distinct Franco-Caribbean identity against the backdrop of the all-consuming French Revolution ... a life patchily documented in history ... a life seen through the eyes of the mistress, the wife .... a life of changing shape, of the shape-changer ... a life of political intrigue, of brutal slaughter, of exploration and love ... a life of a Caribbean adventurer, Philippe Rose Roume de St. Laurent.

In this book, Besson continues his exploration of the French presence in the Caribbean in the 18th and early 19th century and of the formation of a Creole identity in these islands at a time when Atlas truly shrugged in terms of European history, a quest that he began with his previous books "The Voice in the Govi", "The Cult of the Will" and "From the Gates of Aksum".

Partly historical account, partly a fictional tale, "Roume ... a Memoir" takes the reader into the confidence of Marianne, or Soubise as she becomes, and allows glimpses at Roume de St. Laurent's life through her diaries. Roume ... a Memoir is really the memoir of his lover and later wife, and bursts with the excitement of two adventurers sailing through life together, criss-crossing the Atlantic as the winds of revolutionary change blew them, trying to hold on to each other, to a dream of the future, or just for dear life itself.

ISBN: 978-976-8244-21-5
530 pages
Softcover

Available online on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and barnesandnoble.com

Watch Gérard Besson reading an excerpt of his book on Youtube

Editors and proofreaders Simon Lee and Prof. Bridget Brereton

Author Gérard A. Besson

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tales of the Paria Main Road by Gerard Besson

For Paria Publishing’s 35th anniversary and in honour of Gérard A. Besson being awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West Indies, we are presenting a limited second edition of his first published work, Tales of the Paria Main Road. 

First published in 1973, this whimsical book began Besson’s journey into publishing, which led to the formation of Paria Publishing Company Limited.
Tales of the Paria Main Road is comprised of three short stories loosely based on the mis-adventures of Jerry and his friends as young men in Trinidad during the 1960/70’s. It touches on the folklore of Trinidad and Tobago’s Afro-French culture and introduces the reader to some of the characters who still inhabit to this day the forest of the Paria Main Road.
Not all is folklore and tall tales, however. At the time, Trinidad, like much of the world, was changing and this was ever present in the growing social awareness of the “Black Power Movement” which played a big part of our nation’s growth, as seen through Besson’s eyes.

ISBN: 978-976-8244-20-8
52 pages, 8.5 x 11", hardcover

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Symmetries of Word Being Made Flesh

“Symmetries” is a precious little gem was produced in both a hardcover and reinforced softcover version.

Author LeRoy Clarke wanted to achieve a whimsical, gift-like feel for this small book, which features in essence five poems excerpted from “Parables of our Joyless Days”, illustrated with particular drawings from his archives. Lovingly designed and produced, “Symmetries” became exactly what the author had in mind: an appealing, slim volume that fits in one’s palm!

60 Pages
ISBN 978-976-8244-09-3 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-976-8244-10-9 (softcover)

PARables of our Joyless Days

Trinidad painter-cum-poet LeRoy Clarke wrote this masterpiece as an “Epitaph for a Citizen” – this citizen being, in fact, he himself!

Dedicated to his numerous mentors, he explores the changes that have happened in his world and his country, his space, over his lifetime, with particular reference to the recent past. The book is illustrated with drawings from his archives and from his new series “Hayti”. The cover features a gold foiling of title and picture frame, which gives the book a sumptuous feel.

428 Pages
ISBN 978-976-8244-05-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-976-8244-06-2 (softcover)

Eye Hayti...Cries...Everywhere...

In 2015, Paria Publishing continued the long-standing collaboration with Master Artist LeRoy Clarke and produced an exhibition catalogue, portfolio of cards and portfolio of prints to accompany his exhibition “Eye Hayti … Cries … Everywhere …”

The Eye Hayti series comprised 110 black and white acrylic drawings, varying in sizes from 8×12 inches to 10×6 feet. In this book, we combined the pieces with colourful backgrounds inspired by the custom-made frames that the works were framed in.

Paria Publishing’s Alice Besson was invited by the artist to contribute an essay to the book, which otherwise features excellent commentary by Caribbean intellectuals including the artist himself.

The book is published by and available at the National Museum & Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago.

218 Pages
ISBN 978-976-8255-02-0 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-976-8255-03-7 (softcover)

 
LeRoy Clarke with the first samples of the book, portfolio of prints and postcards that Dominic Besson designed and to which Alice Besson contributed an article.

A World of Art

In 2014, the House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 190th anniversary

To mark the occasion, the Company assembled some of its extensive collection of works by local painters and featured them in this coffee table book.
In it, the viewer will find a selection of the canvasses that usually decorate the rooms of Angostura’s offices and hallways. It is an eclectic mix of artists who have achieved world fame over a lifetime, side by side with young painters who are showing great talent and promise.
What they share in common is a Caribbean identity, and in this, they reflect very much what Angostura stands for. Like these paintings and their creators, Angostura reflects a slice of life of these isles, and forms part of the very fabric of Trinidad and Tobago. This book stands for what the company strives daily to achieve: to create fine rums and bitters which are A Work of Art.

Click here to see more of our work for Angostura.

Available from the House of Angostura
Hardcover,96 pages
ISBN: 978-976-8249-36-4

A Will and a Way

Anthony N. Sabga’s autobiography is a commemoration of the lives and adventures of those bold and enterprising men and women who braved the dangers of the ocean, the hostilities of a new environment and the privations of a residence on a distant coast to procure a better way of life for themselves and their families. 

In tracing the history of Tony’s life, we trace the history of the growth of a community and a people who amidst difficult circumstances were able to achieve a large measure of success and recognition for themselves.
Researched and written by Prof. Bridget Brereton and Dr. Raymond Ramcharitar, this book is fully illustrated with images from the archives of both the Sabga family and the many companies that Tony Sabga leads.

Paria Publishing is particularly pleased to have been asked to undertake the book design and production because of our long-standing association with the ANSA McAL Group. In 2007, we researched, wrote and produced their company history, “125 Years of Business in the Caribbean”.
Click here to view on our website.

Available in local bookstores and from ANSA McAl
Hardcover, 284 pages
ISBN 978-976-8244-18-5