Talking to a world famous publisher about my book recently, he was surprised that i was unaware of the many Trinidadians & Tobagonians whose works have already been published and was happy to give me a list.
This is a reproduction of that list, and I am sure you would be just as surprised as I am as to some of the writers and their stories in the list:
The great Gatsby - Ian Alleyne
One man's journey from insignificance to fame and back again in quick time.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Machel Montano
Machel reminisces about a time when he too thought he was 'too young to soca;' when he was his most artistic and original self.
The Sound and The Fury - Ancil Roget
Long since retired from the rough housing of union life, Mr. Roget in his later years was known to march around his own house screaming demands at his wife and chanting, much to his neighbors' dismay.
Catch 22 - Dr. Keith Rowley
Written from the perspective of a politician who dared to dream in a Political Party where everyone wants to dream too.
Darkness at Noon - Sat Maharaj
The third in his three part series on his love affair with big boned black women, the author is unafraid to release his raw sexual energy onto the page. Famous for his saying 'once you go black there's no going back,' the literary world awaits with baited breath where this talented writer goes from here.
The Grapes of Wrath - (non fiction)
A collection of internal memos from a large food import Company, outlining how to get cheap D grade grapes onto the local market at exorbitant prices. See also 'The Apples of Wrath' and 'The Pears of Wrath.'
Nineteen Eighty Four - Surujatattan Rambachan
A signature work of a political ideology frozen in time. Includes contributions from Dr. Carson Charles, Bhoe Tewarie and Jenson Fox.
Invisible Man - Prakash Ramadhar
A legal luminary in his own right, this work describes his fall from grace and disappearance from the public view by being elected to political Office.
A Passage to India - Roodal Moonilal
Drugged one night, bound and packed as cargo aboard an ocean going vessel, join Roody as he tries to find out who would do this to him and who paid his passage on a Taiwanese trawler.
Tender is the Night - Patrick Manning
A love story like no other, Patrick tells of his heartbreaking addiction to sada roti, and the journeys spent in search of it in other people's homes.
The Naked and the Dead - Marlene McDonald
Describing her fondness for eating raw chicken in the nude, this is a tale that many say should not have been published, others say especially the pictures. Shown the book and asked to comment, famous author and publisher Warch Narmann commented 'Oh God my eyes.'
From Here to Eternity - Basdeo Panday
Having vowed to die with his boots on, this former Trade Union Leader, Opposition Leader and Prime Minister writes in his memoirs that he will be contesting his much loved Couva North constituency in 2022.
The Postman Always Rings Twice - Kamla Persad Bissessar
Few have been able to put into words the horrors of a ringing doorbell on a hangover, and in this open and revealing work the writer shares the effect of a ringing phone on a hangover, a neighbor's lawnmower on a hangover, a passing plane on a hangover, singing birds on a hangover, etc.
Lord of the Flies - Austin jack Warner
Part two to his revealing 'Lord of the Files' and the precursor to 'Lord of the Fools,' the last installment of a trilogy of political intrigue and conquest by a man some say has never met a man of integrity that he spoke to twice.
Personally I was very impressed that such abundance of work exists and surprised that I was unaware that so many of my fellow country men were already published.
This augers well for the future of local writers struggling to find their place in a crowded literary world and paves the way for greater things to come.