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13 Jul: Guyanese Komfa: The Ritual Art of Trance

“Like Kean Gibson, Asantewa observes that Komfa in Guyana recognizes an ethnic hierarchy or order of status. An ancestral Path or Way, not an organised religion had issued a formal finding in the discipline of Sociology or Political Science by observing life in its universe and reaching a consensus. My understanding of this structure is that it is a rendering or graphic of the reality of perceived status of race groups according to social power. Some will disagree with it; the Komfa people will not be offended, it is how they see life.”
Eusi Kwayana, Guyanese cultural activist

Guyanese Komfa: The Ritual Art of Trance engages the Komfa perspective with the aim of locating strategies of cultural liberation. Formerly associated with the mammy water spirits from its ancestral roots in West Africa, Komfa was forced underground by British colonials who had likewise outlawed and discredited practices connected with Obeah. Practitioners absorbed some Christian aspects and identified a pantheon of spirits associated with Guyana’s historical formation, ensuring that Komfa is not forgotten despite ongoing cultural ambivalence towards the practice.

By re-crediting and re-inscribing Guyanese Komfa as a cultural resource, this work envisions modalities for nation building whilst challenging competing forces of cultural and national decline. Michelle Asantewa uses a multidisciplinary framework to explore questions of cultural identity and the ‘arts of imagination’ embedded in the Komfa perspective. The theoretical body of the work is complemented by the inclusion of a novella called Komfa, based on the foregoing themes and issues highlighted in the overall text. This book contributes to the developing interest in African derived religious and spiritual practices, foregrounding Guyana which has largely gone unnoticed.


13 Jul: Growing Up Guyanese

This memoir specifically highlights the experiences of a female of Indo-Guyanese decent growing up in the Midwest. Often confused for being an immigrant East Indian, Ashti offers a brief exposure to a thriving culture that is consistently overlooked. Ultimately, she aims to show others what it is like to be a West Indian living in the United States.

As she explains her ethnic background, Ashti also covers the nuances of growing up Guyanese—the struggles she and others like herself face and the comical interactions they have all likely experienced. As it progresses, the book delves deeper into a theme of finding oneself. This occurs as the author reaches adulthood and makes discoveries that all millennials must make in their lifetime. Highly anecdotal, Growing Up Guyanese offers any reader regardless of ethnicity something to which he or she can relate.


13 Jul: The Guyanese Wanderer: Stories (The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature)

“This is a stunning collection. Mesmerizing. Carew’s foreshadowing is so deft, so subtle, we begin to ache before we should. We swat swamp mosquitoes as we sit around the smoke-fire with granite-faced Doorne and his sons, sensing peril. and we understand seduction before we are drawn into it. Carew’s eloquence is irresistible; his ear for retrieving language so precise, so respectful, we nod comfortably at old friends. Nuh? This experience under a full Guyanese moon is exquisite; is memory recovered. As a matter of fact, Carew transcends academics or mere creativity when he does the impossible: returns to the past with us as tagalongs.”
—Mari Evans, author of Continuum and Clarity: (A Poet’s Perspective)

Jan Carew combines Caribbean folklore, ghost story, adventure tale, and literature of European exile to create a spirited dialect and colloquial voice that startles and delights; he’s comfortable confronting anything, racial prejudice or whimsical fable, the natural world or city slum.


13 Jul: Guyanese Style Cooking

This book will teach you to cook a variety of flamboyant, scrumptious, and mouthwatering dishes using traditional and unique Guyanese ingredients. You will prepare and enjoy tasty and spicy dishes in no time.

For people who cannot eat spicy, you can prepare these appetizing dishes with just enough spice so your taste buds can savor that once in a lifetime culinary experience.

My book will enable you to make curry dishes in a matter of minutes. The recipes are easy and very practical for any occassion! You will enjoy cooking curry for your family and they will be pleasantly surprised at your culinary skills.

You will enjoy creating easy and unusual desserts in no time!


13 Jul: I Write Letters in my Thoughts

Author Mona Khalil offers a collection of reflective poetry rooted in love and telling the story of her life, from childhood through present day. I Write Letters in my Thoughts is a synoptic view into one person’s journey through love, life, and ultimately towards liberation. This book is a testament to the power of storytelling as a historic healing method for communities who are often told to be quiet and patient. I Write Letters in my Thoughts allows us to realize that we are enough and that enough is enough; suffering is not our destiny, love is not impossible, and freedom is what we make it.


13 Jul: Sweet Sorrel Stand

Rose and Nicolas loved their favourite Caribbean sorrel drink so much, the siblings decided to create a sorrel stand with the assistance of their parents. Their Sweet Sorrel Stand was a success in the neighbourhood. The main ingredient of the drink is the Roselle plant (Sorrel), a species of hibiscus which is native to West Africa. The red flower buds are boiled, strained, sweetened with sugar, with a touch of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel and cloves. Once cooled for a couple of hours or overnight, it is served with ice. It is known to be very rich in antioxidants. Traditionally, this drink is served during Christmas holidays. On a hot summer day, it is a refreshing alternative to lemonade


13 Jul: OBAYIFO: A Poetic Journey into The Mind of Miss Marshall

Enter my dark room of flickering lights, Entertainment most suited for the eyesEyes so voiceless your lips express jealousyEnding conversations, competing quietlyNo noisesNo nuisancesNo Devils interruptingNo rowdy laughter of villainsCome into my havenCalm your mind of hidden murmuringClamour for serenity, wordlesslyConserve peace silentlyEscape flamboyancesEscape the imaginary world of free speechesEmphatic vocals keep their distanceEnter my world Y. Marshall