Save the date for the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair [Le Salon du livre de Saint-Martin], which will take place from June 6 to 8, 2019. Stay tuned via House of Nehesi Publishers for more information on the annual theme, guest speakers, and special events related to this international, multilingual and multicultural event.
Announced as “a book fair for the entire family,” the is organized annually by Conscious Lyrics Foundation, the Book Fair Committee, and House of Nehesi Publishers Foundation, in collaboration with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, University of St. Martin, LC Fleming Foundation.
Description (House of Nehesi Publishers): The Caribbean Beat magazine once described the St. Martin Book Fair as “international and multilingual to the core.” And indeed, between its founding in 2003 and its 15th anniversary in 2017, the book and literary festival has been offering to the St. Martin people and our visitors three exciting days of books, free literary recitals, cultural performances, multilingual workshops, and exhibitions of educational and multimedia tools with upcoming and famous guest authors, expert workshop presenters, and panelists from St. Martin and around the world.
The St. Martin Book Fair was founded by Shujah Alex Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF) and co-founded by Lasana M. Sekou, projects director of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Inspired by the HNP Creative Writing Program (CWP), in which Reiph was a participant, the book fair was organized and launched on June 20, 2003, by CLF and HNP—well before the six-month CWP was completed. The CLF members and officers spearheaded the organization of the first three-day fair in less than two months.
During the launch reception, Josianne Fleming-Artsen, president of the University of St. Martin (USM), suggested to Reiph the participation of USM in future book fairs. From 2004 to 2017, USM collaborated with the St. Martin Book Fair, generously providing the use of its campus as home to the main book fair day of workshops, general sessions, book sales, and book signings by guest authors. Also since 2004, the literary fest would take place each year from the first Thursday to the first Saturday of June (“the first weekend of June”).