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

Celebrating 50 Years of an Independent of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago 1962-2012

This publication celebrates the very rich legacy left by a group of outstanding jurists who took the administration of justice in our country from colonialism to independence and beyond. 

It also records the more contemporaneous efforts by a new generation of men and women to further transform the resulting creation – the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and especially the Court of Appeal – into a high performing professional institution.

Lavishly illustrated with picture material from the Judiciary’s archives and photographs taken by Mark Lyndersay, this hardcover book has a narrative researched and written by Prof. Bridget Brereton of the University of the West Indies.

Available on the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago’s online bookstore

ISBN: ISBN 978-976-8255-18-1
164 pages, hardcover

A Legacy of Local & Global Expertise

On June 8, 2015, Citibank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited celebrated 50 years of unbroken service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

This Golden Jubilee is a significant milestone for the Bank. Paria Publishing was entrusted with preparing this hardcover publication, which on 70 fully illustrated pages chronicles Citibank’s journey from its beginnings in 1965, commemorating significant business and philanthropic milestones and celebrating the people that made them possible.

Available from Citi Trinidad & Tobago

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Distinguished Jurist Lecture

These compact and attractive books celebrate the annual Distinguished Jurist lectures hosted by the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT).

Each year the book is given a different colour and the wording on the front changes, as it is an excerpt from the speech given by the Distinguished Jurist.

Everything seen in yellow on the covers is gold foiled on the printed copies. These are beautiful and inventive keep-sake books that can be downloaded on TTJEI’s online bookstore.

2011: Creating a Regional Jurisprudence
Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2011 by Sir Shridath Ramphal, QC, OCC

On the 29th September, 2011, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Q.C., became the inaugural speaker at the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago's Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series. Addressing such issues as "A Shared Legal Heritage" and "A Caribbean Supreme Court," Sir Shridath explores various landmark cases and the overall historical process that led to the creation of a regional jurisprudence.

2012: The Role of the Court of Appeal in Developing and Preserving An Independent and Just Society
Second Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2012 by Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders

This lecture by the Honourable Justice Adrian Saunders, delivered on the 12th July 2012, examines the role of the courts of appeal in the Caribbean as the final indigenous court. The issue is explored with great clarity and probing insights, mixed with a measure of refreshing story and anecdote. It argues affirmatively and compellingly for the relevance, role and responsibility of courts of appeal in the development of their societies

2013: The Continuing Relevance of the Jury System in the English-Speaking Caribbean
Third Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2013 by Sir Marston Gibson, K.A.

In this third Distinguished Jurist Lecture delivered on the 11th July 2013, Sir Marston Gibson K.A., Chief Justice of Barbados, explores the issue of the relevance of the jury system to the contemporary needs of Caribbean society. Sir Marston gives a historical analysis of the development of the jury system, outlines its challenges and opportunities in the context of modern Caribbean society, and suggests a few alternatives.

2014: The Yin and Yang of the Commonwealth Constitutional Social Democracy: Change for Stability and Progress
Fourth Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2014 by Dr. Leighton Jackson

On the 10th July 2014, Dr. Leighton Jackson delivered the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago's fourth Distinguished Jurist Lecture. Dr. Jackson's lecture explored the application of the Chinese philosophical concept of the Yin and Yang in relation to the tension between stability and progress in the constitutions of the Commonwealth Caribbean. While he closely examines issues such as the post-colonial power model, the Caribbean education system, and present leadership styles, Dr. Jackson proposes a shift of perspective in Commonwealth Caribbean society's relationship to stability and progress as forces that must exist in harmony instead of opposition in order to be truly progressive.

An Excellent Decade

A coffee-table book by and about the Anthony N.Sabga Caribbean Awards For Excellence, 2005-2015

Paria Publishing were the producers of ANSCAFE's commemorative coffee-table book "The Excellent Decade", an inspiring compilation of texts by and about the Awards scheme and its laureates over the past ten years. 

Hardcover, 10x10" 
242 pages
ISBN: 978-976-8260-04-8 

Available from the ANSCAFE Secretariat 

Paria Publishing's Alice and Gerard Besson with Dr. Raymond Ramcharitar and Mrs. Maria Superville-Neilson at the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. (Photo courtesy ANSCAFE).

Monday, May 4, 2015

Language Matters by Marlene Davis

Newspaper columnist Marlene Davis has now self-published a selection of her past articles about the correct usage of English in this charming and interactive book.

Improving your English is made fun with Marlene's approach, which is tailor-made for "Trinis" (Tobagonians included!) The newspaper column format lent itself to short introductory articles, written in an easy-to-digest journalistic format, and followed by interactive Quizes where you can practice your newly-acquired skills.

Read, remember, laugh and enjoy "Language Matters!"

Here some feedback from her readers, taken from the back cover of the book:

"This collection of articles will certainly benefit all of us who delight in the spoken and written word that allows us to enjoy and understand the nuances of language. Mrs. Davis’s witty and “down to earth”examples will provide clear guidelines to those of us for whom grammar can be tedious and who want to make lessons come alive for the students we teach Just being aware can be so empowering."  - Wallis Wyke, Literacy Coach.

"I am an avid reader of Marlene Davis’ columns and look forward to seeing them every week in the Trinidad Express. I firmly believe that her columns should be required reading for ALL journalists and would-be journalists–print and electronic media–in this country and anyone who is really interested in the proper way of speaking,  and that should be all of us. In a country where it seems that the correct use of grammar is being lost she is like a beacon of light to all,  showing us the way to proper communication. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, Marlene!!" - Marie Saunders

“Language Matters, indeed! Whether in spoken or written word, it is the means by which we introduce ourselves, our thoughts and our ideas to the world. Marlene Davis helps us to do so confidently and successfully, allowing us to make the best first impression.”  - Paula Mae Weekes.

"You’ll need to get two copies of this book. One you’ll keep where you spend your serious time – at work, perhaps, or at school – the place where you must urgently check on, for example, whether to use will or would in a sentence. The other will reside at your bedside, where you can dip into it from time to time to laugh once again at the anecdote about ‘the lady selling currants rolls’ or the one about why  ‘It is mines’ is not grammatically correct.  In Language Matters, author Marlene Davis sweetens her clear prescription on the use of Standard English with jokes and stories that help to make the medicine go down in the most delightful way." - Barbara Jenkins, author of Sic Transit Wagon and other stories – Peepal Tree Press 2013

ISBN 978-976-8249-91-3
For more information email 

Author/Publisher Marlene Davis (left) and Alice Besson of Paria Publishing with a first copy of "Language Matters".
Photo by Zoƫ Almandoz.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Down the Islands by Joseph Abdo Sabga

The Expedition of a Philatelist
"An imaginary journey to far away places with strange sounding names"

Stamps may be small, but they make a big impact. For generations, people have treasured stamps because nothing equals their combination of artistry, history, delight and surprise.
Come and take a trip down memory lane with me, a Philatelist, as I travel down the islands from Bermuda in the north to Guyana in the south, touring the Caribbean and collecting stamps.
Your fondest memories will be brought to life through these stunning stamps!
These stamps will transport you back in time with their vibrant, eye-catching designs and rich historical value. Throughout most of its history, the Caribbean has celebrated its achievements, honoured its heroes and recorded its history by issuing postage stamps. These stamps tell us about the discovery and settlement of the islands; advances in transportation and communication; wonders of the natural landscape; and accomplishments of political and civic leaders, who served their countries and shaped its future.
These stamps offer a unique and proud look at the Caribbean history. While they are beautiful in themselves, they also take on even more interest when we learn the stories behind them, why they were issued and who or what they commemorate. Taken together, these miniature works of art, created by some of the best artists of their day, constitute a Caribbean family album — a visual portrait of who we are, what we value and what we have accomplished.
This book shows on 285 fully illustrated pages stamps from Joseph Sabga's extensive collection.
The Caribbean’s remarkable visual history is told through these beautiful and memorable stamps. They created a permanent record of the pivotal events and significant figures of yesterday and today.
This book, filled with insightful text and hundreds of illustrations, documents the unique history of the Caribbean with these magnificent stamps. With the help of stamps, you can wander through lands, take a ship through time, and fly across history.
On this stamp expedition, you can discover how things looked years ago. The traditional way of life is dying out in our modern world, but it is preserved for us in stamps. The important events of the past, including the history of our own various countries, are remembered by special commemorative issues. The collection shown in this book includes stamps issued from 1840 to 2012.

ISBN 978-976-8244-16-1
293 pages
Hardcover, laminated, 8.5 x 11"

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Other books by Joseph Abdo Sabga:
• A Life Worth Remembering
• A Journey of Memories