Ben’s Chili Bowl Hosting Authors of Book On Caribbean-American Achievers

“Caribbean American Heritage: A History Of High Achievers” Book Signing At Ben’s Chili Bowl

WASHINGTON, DC – Ben’s Chili Bowl is proud to host prize-winning authors, Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien, on Sunday March 26 2pm-4pm, as they meet and greet people and sign copies of their new book, Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers.

Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers was recently published by Arrow Publications LLC, Maryland, and is a hard-cover high -gloss full-color coffee table book.

Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers, described by one reviewer as “a treasure,” is the long-awaited documentation of the contribution that Caribbean Americans have made to the United States of America.

The book contains bios of descendants from almost all the countries of the Caribbean, with heavy representation from The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago. Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and the Virgin Islands are also well represented.

Countries with somewhat lower representation include Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and St. Maarten/St. Martin/Saba.

For nearly 60 years, Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street, NW Washington, DC) has been famous for bringing great food, and for creating a forum for informed discussion in a family environment, to guests from all over.

Since opening in 1958, Ben’s has been the go-to-place in Washington, D.C. for people from all walks of life to meet and mingle with the famous holders of political office and award-winning entertainers.  Ben’s has also featured book signings by both well-known and up-and-coming authors.

Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien, Authors of Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers
Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien

Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien are the co-authors of two other books, World Class Trinidad & Tobago: Commemorating 50 Years of Independence and Yes We Can: Obama and Clinton Walk the Talk, published by Arrow Publications.

Elliot started his writing career as an 18-year old, when he won the first year essay prize at the University of Birmingham, UK. While still a student in England, he was published by Oxford University Press in the book of essays, Disappointed Guests.

Apart from his prose books, Elliot Bastien is also a poet and playwright, whose full length musical, A Nancy Story, was produced in Canada, and in Trinidad, by the Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop.

The music for the production was written by the late André Tanker, who wrote the music for several of Derek Walcott’s musicals. His poem, “Kite Aiyo,” was one of 33 selected from around the world for publication in Sotheby’s International Poetry Competition Anthology.

 Sandra started her writing career, while still in high school in England, with the publication of one of her essays in the London Daily Telegraph. Her book, Presidential Rhetoric, published by VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, analyzed presidential speeches using rhetorical theory.

Her other publications include Who’s Who in the Caribbean Media, and the play, The Reunion.


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