Xlibris Author Roxanne Catherine Mapp Wins Indie Book Awards for Her Memoir

Xlibris Author Roxanne Catherine Mapp
Xlibris Author Roxanne Catherine Mapp moves readers with her award-winning memoir.

Xlibris author Roxanne Catherine Mapp knows that inspiring readers through her memoir is in and of itself already an achievement. She, however, has gone beyond touching readers’ hearts after her book The Avocado Tree: An Immigrant’s Journey was named finalist at the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Best Design Non-Fiction) and the 2012 International Book Awards (Multicultural Non-Fiction).

The Xlibris Blog boasts one of our award-winning authors, proving once more that many self-published authors have a mouthful to say.

About the book

Merging art, poetry, and photography in her book, Roxanne chronicles her emigration from Trinidad & Tobago to America. She moves to the US in search for a better life.

Xlibris Book The Avocado Tree
The Avocado Tree: An Immigrant’s Journey and its recognition in two major indie book awards

The Avocado Tree will:

  • inspire you to excel despite challenging experiences.
  • help you to overcome obstacles in a foreign country.
  • motivate you to continue your education.
  • give you the confidence to be proud of your cultural heritage.

As part of her book tour, Roxanne was invited to speak on the Westchester cable channel LMC-TV show As You Are where she was interviewed by the network’s administrative assistant and community producer Sharon Mosley.

She also had an interview with Nicole Farrell on the Trinidad and Tobago Express Newspaper.

About the author

Roxanne was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago but spent her childhood summers in New Rochelle, New York. She is an award-winning author, graphic designer, public librarian, and adjunct professor with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Master’s degree in Library Science. She is also a reference librarian/graphics specialist at a public library.

Roxanne’s need to inspire people did not stop with this book; she also manages
two blogs and shares inspirational resources on Facebook.

You can visit or follow her on these websites:


Book reviews

Roxanne also shares with us some reader nods for her book.

I found the book very inspiring. The author’s tenacity of purpose in spite of hurdles
placed in her path makes it a compelling read for all immigrants, especially women.
I recommend it highly.

– KA

Hello Roxanne, 

I want to thank you very much for the generous donation of your book “The Avocado Tree.” I am in the process of reading it during my free time. It is inspirational and beautifully done! You sound like a highly determined person. I plan on making it accessible to our students. Some of the classes do read at this literacy level and would enjoy your writing.  

Again, thank you very much for sharing your story with our ESL program.

– Caroline

Congratulations, Xlibris Author Roxanne Catherine Mapp on these literary honors! You have proven to be an inspirational, talented writer worth emulating.

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