St. Martin Book Fair pulls together variety of elements

POSTED: 05/30/11 12:04 PM

St. Maarten – The recently released program of the St. Martin Book Fair shows a mixture of workshops, discussions, book launches, book sales, book signing by new and famous authors, and original literary readings. The fair will be held June 2 to June 4.
The festival’s main book launch will go so far as to cater refreshments from the new Yvette’s cookbook and prepared by Yvette’s Restaurant.
On Thursday, June 2, the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will honor the nation’s fishermen and declare the book fair open, will be preceded chiefly by an evening with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, making worldly comments and reading from his newest works. This opening ceremony will take place at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring, Concordia, Marigot, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and new books will be available.
The first highlight on Friday is the Presidents Forum at the University of St. Martin (USM), starting at 4:00 p.m. The forum will focus on freedom of speech and expression in St. Martin relative to the work of the four speakers. The panelists include author and political scientist Joseph H. Lake, Jr. and Kaiso Brat, St. Martin Calypso King 2011. The new USM president, Annelies van den Assem, LL.M., will introduce the panel.
There will also be books galore and authors around to sign them.
“I’m just excited about all of this but don’t miss the workshops for the entire family,” Book Fair Coordinator Shujah Reiph said.
Saturday’s workshops include: ‘The Great Salt Pond: Untangling the History of Salt in St. Martin’ by Dr. Jay Haviser; A literacy workshop by Dr. Rene Baly for at-risk youth and their parents and The ‘Language in literature’ workshop by Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.
Participants can bring their own poems and fictions to be critiqued in this creative writing workshop.

“Don’t miss the spiritually-based motivational workshop entitled, ‘365 Secrets for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit’ by author and former Essence editor Stephanie Stokes Oliver. The photography workshop will be conducted by by Drisana Deborah Jack. At the end of the day Mix Master Pauly will give a live DJ Workshop: ‘Mixing sound, A freedom of expression,” President of House of Nehesi Publishers Jacqueline Sample said.
Then comes the evening party to “step out” to. The book party for From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman will take place at Belair Community Center, Cay Hill, at 8:00 p.m.
Tourism director Regina LaBega is the guest speaker at the Closing Ceremony and Main Book Launch. Award-winning musician and kaisonian Mighty Dow, will perform on pan, and the President’s Award will be presented at the end of the Saturday evening program.

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