THE L’OUVERTURE STORYTELLERS PROJECT
The L’Ouverture Storytellers Project is a socially conscious publishing house domiciled in Barbados. We work with writers to develop excellent manuscripts and publish quality fiction and non-fiction in all genres. The company currently publishes printed books and ebooks only, but will in the future publish audio books, scholastic book sets, and book and CD sets.
THE L’OUVERTURE MISSION
Our mission is to empower storytellers to be storytellers in our disruptive digital economy. To be a storyteller in this economy is to be able to craft a story or narrative and transform it into a unique product by which we can enhance people’s lives, make a good living, and ultimately, build wealth. When our own authentic work enables us to meet our basic needs, we can work without fear and with great effect. We’re able to enrich the lives of the people in our world, and maybe even change the world.
FEATURED AUTHOR: AKHENTOOLOVE
One aspect of the assault on the African family and on Black families has been the removal or lessening of the role of the father in the household. Barbadian author, Dr. Akhentoolove Corbin, is concerned about the crises which exist in Black communities, especially as these affect Black boys. One of his major concerns is that many Black boys throughout the African diaspora grow up without a father figure in the house.
In light of this, Akhentoolove advances the view that boys who are in nurturing relationships with their fathers become strong, learn skills and develop life-affirming social values. He expresses this idea in Ajani, the main character in his collection of short stories entitled Ajani’s Wonderful Summer.
Akhentoolove reads Ajani and the Marble Contest
WRITE LIKE A WARRIOR
Write Like a Warrior is a handbook I’m working on which aims to provide the information a socially conscious writer needs to make her writing project a success. You would find this information useful
if you are a writer working on a book you consider important enough to engage your whole mind and soul
if you are working on a book you think will bequeath positive value to your readers for generations to come
if you seek the knowledge by which to unlock the constructs of the marketplace and enhance your understanding of the market forces by which you can make informed decisions
if you seek the means by which you can prosper as an author
WARNING! This book is not a hack. It contains both philosophical and actionable knowledge that can help you become a successful author in this economy. There are processes we can follow.
WRITE LIKE A WARRIOR: THE DIGITAL STORYTELLER
When I tell my story with boldness and honesty, I add value to the life of the one who listens.Storytelling is the way in which we are connected; it’s fundamental to the concept of humanity. In the twenty-first century, stories reach their audiences through multi-media digital channels and are stored simultaneously in multiple devices in much the same way they are stored within the collective unconscious. In our digital economy, storytelling occurs at the speed of light. Excerpt from Write Like a Warrior: The Philosophy and Practice of Publishing a Book.
WRITE LIKE A WARRIOR: MASTER STORYTELLING
If knowledge is power – and I’ve never stopped believing that it is – then spreading it is one of the means by which we empower our people. But knowledge is also a weapon, and the storyteller’s skill in wielding her knowledge through mastery of her language and her business process is her fighting skill, the skill with which she wields her weapon of knowledge. Though our skill is the beginning of mastery, we actually begin to practice mastery in our minds when we engage in power thinking. Excerpt from Write Like a Warrior: The Philosophy and Practice of Publishing a Book.
WRITE LIKE A WARRIOR: THE STORYTELLER’S CULTURE OF WARFARE
Culture is a way people understand and respond to the statements and actions put out by a dominant power seeking to force allegiance to itself. The word culture is often associated with the arts, and according to most definitions I’ve read, is assumed to refer to a shared system of values. Culture, however, is a concept which goes way beyond artistic expression. I define culture as the specific manner in which communities and individuals struggle against the inequitable power relations in force as a result of the impositions of a dominant socio-political power.
The struggle can occur in response to military warfare (as in many parts of the so-called Middle East), economic warfare (as is happening in many countries in Africa), through economic and political oppression (as happens in Black communities in industrialized countries such as the USA) in addition to intellectual and artistic hegemony (as happens most noticeably in the West Indies). The manner in which the several aspects of hegemony or dominance impinge upon individuals and their communities and they manner in which people collectively deal with that struggle becomes the culture of those communities. Excerpt from Write Like a Warrior: The Philosophy and Practice of Publishing a Book.
FROM AROUND THE WEB: Another ‘Nancy Story
FROM AROUND THE WEB: A Look Back At Achebe’s Things Fall Apart On Its 60th Anniversary
DELEGITIMIZING THE PARADIGM
OPINION: Racism Without Race, Racists Without Racism
“Race/racism denialism and colour-blindness has been a bane to efforts towards harmonious racial relations. Race denialism which runs deep in the country’s historiography, from apartheid ethnos to the dominant liberation movement, has had a far-reaching impact.
Worse still South African social formation has been analysed in rather dishonest academic and defective analytical tools. Class rather than the race question has been privileged in this schema. The result is that we live in a society where there is racism without race, racists without racism.
An abhorrent narrative that has emerged from all this has been white racists and the general white population accusing those blacks (who historically are victims of racism) speaking out on the racial issue and calling for racial justice, black racists. Whites have suddenly become victims of reverse racism. The tag “racist” apportioned to blacks shows the extent of the dishonesty of South African white racists.” – Hashi Kenneth Tafira.
Read the full article in Pambazuka News…