Letter from the Director

On behalf of the staff at the University of the West Indies Press, I invite you to join our celebration of twenty-five years as the largest and most prestigious scholarly press in the English-speaking Caribbean. The UWI Press has endured and flourished through many changes and challenges over the decades. This catalogue presents more than twenty titles, the culmination of hard work by our superlative authors and dedicated staff. In a much broader sense, this catalogue also reflects a turning of the page to the next chapter of UWI Press publishing. So, what will this future look like?

As a department within The University of the West Indies, UWI Press is committed to the “One UWI” agenda by acting as the publishing arm of three main UWI campuses, and a fourth Open Campus that spreads over seventeen countries. The UWI Press reiterates its main mission to serve the faculty and students of this diverse network, while at the same time widening our services and readership to the world. With these goals in mind, the Press maintains a commitment to our traditional fields of Caribbean history, social sciences, political science and cultural studies.

To this list we are pleased to announce several new series: the Caribbean Biography Series, Caribbean Media Studies, Jamaican Popular Music, and Festivals of the Caribbean. With renowned series editors at the helm of each, we hope these series will attract new works by our existing authors and appeal to a crop of new writers from North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the diaspora. The Caribbean Biography Series exemplifies this commitment and launches here with work on Earl Lovelace, and two forthcoming volumes on Derek Walcott and Marcus Garvey respectively.

The UWI Press remains dedicated to collecting, preserving, publishing and disseminating our unique Caribbean-oriented content to our faculty and students, and to the wider world. There has never been a better time for Caribbean scholarship to reach a wider audience with creative use of social media and marketing. We are proud, therefore, of our global partnerships with international counterparts through the Association of American University Presses, and our most recent venture with the China University of Political Science and Law.

All of us at the UWI Press invite you to partake in this exciting future as a writer, reader and financial donor.

Wishing you the very best.