The Savanoy Series

The Savanoy Series

Across From Lapeyrouse  |  Santimanitay  |  Side By Side We Stand


Welcome to Commess University

Definition: Commess n (comess, commesse) A situation of commotion, bacchanal, scandal Fr commerce, business.

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The Books

The trilogy that catapulted us to the top of a great many reading lists, is called The Savanoy Series. Book 1 is titled “Across from Lapeyrouse” and has been called “a sizzling Caribbean novel, packed with Carnival, pan and nuff bacchanal. Never before has sand, soca and mas met in such a combustible mixture!” It’s a tale told with the unique storytelling style of the author Nathalie Taghaboni. You’re not just reading it, you’re living it! Book 2 is titled “Santimanitay.” Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, something entirely unexpected takes place and...

The Ward

Bet you’re wondering what a ward has to do with anything. Well you see, what happened was … One day, many years ago, we decided to create a social media page on Facebook. It was intended to be a page of higher learning, scholarly discourse and intellectual exchange. Well that didn’t last long. It became a place for hilarious and brilliant repartee, “picong” in the time-honoured Caribbean style where like-minded folks gather for a belly laugh. It was crazy. At first we struggled to keep a serious face but gosh darnit, we love a good laugh and ta da! The Ward was born under the suspicious auspices of our very own Queen Macoomeh.

Media & Events

This is where you can learn of our past and upcoming events and get a peek at the photos of our “commess.”
I totally enjoyed this book. I completed it in 2 days. Reading this book brought back such wonderful memories of growing up in T'dad. AIthough I have been living in NY for the past 33 yrs I go home every year to play mas.
Memories of a born Trini!

Savanoy Series Book 3

Side By Side We Stand

In sweet Trinidad and Tobago, they say: you can't play mas, and fraid powder. The Savanoy family, veterans of the T&T Carnival stage, knows mas intimately, and the cost of it has never been higher. Crippled by a grief so immeasurable it sucks the joy and colour from waking life, Jeneva - heiress to the powerful masmaking clan - can barely find refuge in her husband Vijay and their three sons. Infused with sultry bacchanal, peppered by generous pot-spoon helpings of humour, draped in equal parts desire and deception, Side by Side we Stand is a heady wine of a book, confirming Taghaboni's perch as a mistress storyteller of our carnival, our people, and our uncompromisingly beautiful land.

Queen Macoomeh

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The Savanoy Series is published by Commess University (PRESS) and is available on Amazon and at these discerning bookshops
Paper Based (St. Anns, Trinidad)
Metropolitan Books (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
A Different Booklist (Toronto, Canada)
Macs Backs Books (Cleveland, Ohio)
Systahs Uptown Bookshop (Harlem, New York)

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photo credit: Roger Remy R&R Photography

The Savanoy Series

(Adult fiction novel) Across From Lapeyrouse (part one in the trilogy) - on Amazon,

(Adult fiction novel) Santimanitay (part two in the trilogy) - on Amazon and on

(Adult fiction novel) Side By Side We Stand (third and final in the trilogy) - on Amazon as a paperback ONLY.

E-book of the first two novels are on Amazon, BarnesAndNoble and Kobo. The third book is only available in paperback.

Supporting bookstores to purchase your paperback copies:
A Different Booklist (Toronto, CANADA)
Sister's Uptown Bookshop (Harlem, NY)
Paper Based Bookshop (St. Ann's, Trinidad)
Metropolitan Book Supplies (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Tales N Treasures - (St. James, Trinidad)
MAC'S Backs Bookshop (Cleveland, OHIO, USA)

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