How Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers Collaborate with Carol Mitchell and Daniel O’Brien

Carol Mitchell, publisher and author, and Daniel O’Brien, author and illustrator will discuss how Caribbean authors, illustrators, and publishers work together to publish their books.

Carol Mitchell is the founder of CaribbeanReads Publishing, a St. Kitts-based publishing company that has been producing Caribbean-focused children’s books since 2009. She is the author of eighteen books for children of all ages (three of those are forthcoming from HarperCollins UK). She holds an MFA in fiction, a certificate in editing from UC Berkeley, and has taught literature and creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. Carol’s short stories for adults have appeared in several Caribbean journals. She was shortlisted for the Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2016 and has twice been long-listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Carol continues to teach creative writing and to work on her novel. She blogs at

Daniel O’Brien is a Trinidadian born author and illustrator currently residing in New York with his amazing wife Ashleigh and his loyal dog, Obbie. Daniel holds a BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His training coupled with his love of science, folklore, and nature inspires Daniel to create otherworldly illustrations. He is enthusiastic about contributing to the telling of Caribbean stories and is honored to be a part of the Caribbean Reads community. Daniel’s ultimate goal is to help children in the Caribbean and of Caribbean descent see themselves in the books they read. You can find more information about his books at

The books we will discuss:

The Masquerade Dance –
I Am The Midnight Robber – (pre-order – released on February 16, 2021)
The Talking Mango Tree – (pre-order – released March 1, 2021)

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