Paper Based Bookshop, St. Clair, Trinidad and Tobago

Paper Based Bookshop, St Clair
Paper Based Bookshop, St Clair
Established in 1987, Paper Based Bookshop is one of the oldest bookshops in Trinidad, and the only one specializing in Caribbean literature. Originally tucked into the Shops at The Hotel Normandie, St. Ann’s, Paper Based offers the latest titles and classic reads, in Caribbean fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art and photography, cookbooks, nature writing and others, as well as a proudly curated selection of children’s books.

Established by Joan Dayal, winner of the 2017 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters, Paper Based hosts a popular Tea and Readings series, showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers, as well as a yearly Advent Calendar of book recommendations.

In August 2023, Paper Based Bookshop made the momentous move to The Writers Centre, home of the Bocas Lit Fest, at 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair. Now managed by Bianca Peake, including the same Paper Based team (and Joan herself in a valued advisory role), Paper Based Bookshop remains a cozy hub for all things Caribbean and bookish, with sights set on a new, exciting era of local, community-oriented bookselling.


The Writer’s Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair, Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: +1 868-628-3197
Twitter: @paperbasedbooks
Instagram: @paperbasedbookshop

Paper Based Bookshop, St Clair
Paper Based Bookshop, St Clair

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