2016 Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair


Organized around the topic “Journeys and Pathways,” the second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair will take place during April 20-23 in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, with events highlighting and celebrating literature’s role in culture and society. World-renowned author will be this year’s keynote speaker. Other highlighted guests are Caribbean authors Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Nunez, Earl Lovelace, Asha Lovelace, Joanne C. Hillhouse, and Tobias S. Buckell. Other featured guests include film director Ida Does and reggae artist Delyno Brown. See links below for more information, updates and a list of featured guests.

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels: “Grimus,” “Midnight’s Children” (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981), “Shame,” “The Satanic Verses,” “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” “Fury,” “Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence,” and “Luka and the Fire of Life.” His most recent novel, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty­Eight Nights,” was published in the English language in September 2015.

He is also the author of a book of stories, “East, West,” and four works of non­-fiction – “Joseph Anton – A Memoir, Imaginary Homelands,” “The Jaguar Smile” and “Step Across This Line.” He is the co­editor of “Mirrorwork,” an anthology of contemporary Indian writing, and of the 2008 Best American Short Stories anthology.

He has adapted “Midnight’s Children” for the stage. It was performed in London and New York by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2004, an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories was premiered by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honours, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the London International Writers’ Award, the James Joyce award of University College Dublin, the St Louis Literary Prize, the Carl Sandburg Prize of the Chicago Public Library, and a U.S. National Arts Award. He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.

He has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – France’s highest artistic honour. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center and for ten years served as the Chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. In addition, Midnight’s Children was named the Best of the Booker – the best winner in the award’s 40 year history – by a public vote.

His books have been translated into over forty languages.

For more information, see https://vilitfest.wordpress.com/ and https://vilitfest.wordpress.com/announcements/

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