Thursday 29 October, 2020

Readers get to choose top book in T&T

Critics, prizes and publishers all have their say on what qualifies as the “best” book, but now it’s time for readers to choose their best book of the year.

For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago will have an annual literary award for local writers, and the winner is to be chosen by the people.                         

On Friday, the Bocas Lit Fest, NALIS and Newsday came together to launch the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year at the National Library. The initiative will promote local writing and give the public a chance to have their say on the many books published every year by voting for their best read.

The People’s Choice prize aims to raise public awareness of the growing number of books by local writers released in Trinidad and Tobago, in the first instance in the past two years. In future books published in the previous year will be eligible.  The prize puts the spotlight on the most popular reads. Through this prize, the public can debate, discuss and get excited about local books.

Bocas Lit Fest, which runs a series of internationally recognised literary awards and is a standard bearer for literary excellence, adds this to its portfolio of prizes, which include the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the CODE’s Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean literature.

“We’re thrilled about the potential for this prize to get people buying and reading books, and to bring attention to work being published every year by T&T citizens here in T&T,” says Bocas Lit Fest founder, Marina Salandy-Brown.

Nominations for the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year prize is open from December 16 to February 16, 2018. All eligible nominated books will appear on the Bocas Lit Fest website.

Voting will be hosted on the Bocas Lit Fest website and will take place in two stages.

Stage one will run from February 23 to April 25, 2018 and will involve the selection of the top six books from all nominated titles. Stage two voting will take place May 1 to June 1, 2018, during which the public will choose among the Top Six to decide the winner.  The announcement of the winner is to be made in early June.

For details of guidelines for the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year, visit




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