Molefi K. Asante, Jr. will open the 7th Annual St. Martin Book Fair at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Marigot on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 8pm. [Also see “The 7th Annual St. Martin Book Fair” post from June 1.]
Dr. Asante, award-winning filmmaker, author, and professor, will “bring a unique, highly informed and fresh meaning as the keynote speaker to our 2009 book fair theme of ‘Wired,’” said Shujah Reiph, book fair coordinator.
Asante’s books include the poetry collections Beautiful. And Ugly Too (2005) and Like Water Running off My Back (2002; an Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize winner). He is the recipient of the 2009 Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, It’s Bigger than Hip Hop (2008), which will be available at the St. Martin Book Fair, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “an empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America.”
Asante directed and produced The Black Candle (2008), a film narrated by Maya Angelou. The Morgan State University professor is also the writer, director, and producer of 500 Years Later (2005), winner of numerous awards including Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Bridgetown Film Festival, Best Film at the International Black Cinema Film Festival, and the Breaking the Chains award from UNESCO.