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Meet Author Paul King at “From Cat Island He Came” Book Signing
By Shonalee Johnson
Jan 20, 2020 - 12:45:18 PM

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Bahamian author Paul King recounts his youth in the new book From Cat Island He Came

Nassau, Bahamas - Local author Paul King will be signing copies of his new book From Cat Island He Came at Chapter One Bookstore on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. During the event, King will read excerpts from the book and share his experiences growing up in Cat Island.  

Part memoir, part history lesson, From Cat Island He Came is a snapshot of life on the remote island from the mid 1940s to early 1960s. The author grew up in the small, close-knit settlement of Dumfries on the northern end of Cat Island. In the book, King uses colorful anecdotes to recount the inherent challenges and harsh realities of out island life all while highlighting the spirit of resilience that allowed the island’s descendants to survive and ultimately thrive

“I always thought that Bahamians were very good at telling stories but we fell down in documenting our stories. This inspired me to write a book to give people a glimpse into my first 16 years growing up on Cat Island so that generations to come would be able to read and learn about a different time in our country,” King explained.

“I hope that when persons of the younger generation read this book, they would be able to understand that things were not always as instant as they are now and how different their lives are from their parents and grandparents. For readers of my generation, in particular those who had similar experiences, I want the book to serve as a reminder for us to never forget from whence we came.”

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New book by Bahamian author Paul King.

In the book’s forward, Dr. Pandora Johnson, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of The Bahamas wrote,  “In recalling his experiences of growing up in Cat Island in a pre-independence era, King highlights a generation whose resourcefulness and strength were foundational to national development and to the benefits we enjoy today, but whose contribution is often ignored and downplayed.”

Dr. Johnson continued: “This book, though focusing on Cat Island, one of the most culturally significant islands in the Bahamian archipelago, describes the challenging life that the majority of the Out Island residents experiences in the post emancipation era. Using Cat Island as a case study, the book highlights a time when the country was physically, socially and economically undeveloped.”

For more information on the book, visit www.fromcatislandhecame.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @fromcatislandhecame.com.  The book is available for purchase at St. Agnes Anglican Church office on Baillou Hill Road, the Paint Place, Top of The Hill Mackey Street or by calling 422-1792 to have copies delivered.

Saturday’s book signing is free and open to the public. Copies of From Cat Island He Came will be available for purchase at the event at a cost of $35.

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Paul King as a youngster leaving Cat Island



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