5th Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair


The 5th Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair will take place from April 10 to 13, 2019, at the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Related events will take place at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts and the Government House in Frederiksted, and Undercover Bookstore in Christiansted. Authors gathering for the event include Jamaica Kincaid, Denene Milner, Cadwell Turnbull, and Tiphanie Yanique. Speakers include Yona Deshommes, Richard Georges, Lewis Gordon, Paget Henry, Fartein Hogar, Rozena Maart, and Hanétha Vété-Congolo-Leibnitz. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The St. John Source reports:

The speakers include Cadwell Turnbull, a St. Thomas native and award-winning science fiction writer; and Tiphanie Yanique, a Virgin Islands-born author who has garnered wide acclaim for her new novel, “Land of Love and Drowning,” set in 1910 in the Virgin Islands.

In addition to Virgin Islands authors, authors from the wider Caribbean and the United States, the slate of presenters includes authors come from as far away as Australia, South Africa and Norway, according to news release issued Monday. There will be a Children’s Corner, which will be operated by the Children’s Museum of St. Croix. The Aunty Janice Children’s Corner is dedicated to folklorist, storyteller and culture bearer Janice Tutein, “Aunty Janice” recently died, and the organizers chose to celebrate her memory by naming the corner in her honor.

While main events will be held at UVI, there will also be several other venues including the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on the waterfront in Frederiksted, Government House in Frederiksted and Undercover Bookstore in Christiansted.

Full admission to the fair is $150, excluding workshops by Jamaica Kincaid and Zane, and including the opening reception and Meet and Greet with the writers at the Book Bacchanal and reception in Frederiksted, and admission to all workshops and presentations. Day passes or single workshop passes are also available. Discounted fares are offered to teachers and senior citizens. Students are free. Tickets can be purchased online at the festival’s website.

The idea for establishing an annual Literary Festival and Book Fair is credited to Dr. Simon Jones- Hendrickson, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of UVI. The first program chair was UVI Professor Dr. Valerie Knowles Combie. The 2019, program chair for the fourth year in succession is Alscess Lewis-Brown, UVI adjunct professor and editor of “The Caribbean Writer.” [. . .]

For full article and information about speakers and schedule, see https://stjohnsource.com/2019/03/04/local-authors-to-be-featured-at-v-i-literary-festival-april-10-13

Also see https://usvilitfest.com and https://www.facebook.com/VILitFest

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