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Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair Mar 26-30, 2015
You are amongst the first to hear: March 26-30th Saint Croix will be host to an International Literary Festival and Book Fair.
As far as I know, this is the first ever in the Virgin Islands. Let's hope it becomes an annual event.
Check out the website in coming days and weeks for more information
as well as clicking "LIKE" on our facebook page.
Here are some particulars that will soon be polished and circulated. Before the editing I wanted to let you all have a heads up!
Lit lovers and readers young and old can enjoy the activities to be organized with the purchase of different types of passes.
Regular Admission: $5.00
School children members of their school Book Club: $2.00
Full admission: $180.00
Exhibit Hall author or book industry professional: $50.00-$235.00 booths
The VI Literary Festival and Book Fair’s goal is to promote the writers and writings of the United States Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean as we embrace international literary cultures.
The event will provide the venue and atmosphere for the exhibition of select fine books, works of literature, scholarship, with pride of place given to locally written and published books, while entertaining new ideas and knowledge through panel discussions, seminars, workshops, and other media.
Our main Objectives:
• To promote literacy by giving Virgin Islanders
full access to books their authors and
scholars especially local authors and
researchers located in the Caribbean.
• To support and enrich our students by
exposing them to the books and writers that
reveal the unique culture and history of
the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean.
• To introduce Virgin Island authors to an
international reading market and make
connections between the reading public, the
publishing world, independent presses,
literary agents, and academic and
If you are wondering:
the full admission at 180 dollars gets you into the vin d'honneur reception gala held at a very nice historic venue and which will include a film screening with director present. Amuses bouches and champagne will be provided for toasts led by important Virgin Islanders.
Full entry to all book readings and book signings by authors from various countries. The chance to participate in workshops with publishers and agents if you are interested. Lectures by scholars and writers.
Admission to the performative poetry event of dub poetry, lyrical poetry, and other performance styles by well-known and budding artists.
An exclusive literary tour of St Croix led by a tour guide of the National Park service and in the company of some of the authors who have written its architecture, nature, beaches, piers, and walkways into their work. This should be a particularly exciting activity with scholars, fans, and authors commenting on the real scene before them as it compares with what they had written or read.
Breakfast to be held for a limited number of individuals with the authors on the grounds of the St George Botanical gardens.
A children's field will be set up to let children interact with literature and books in their own way. Performers from St Croix, the US, and Europe will bring children's stories to life for the kids of our island in both English and Spanish.
It really will be an impressive affair. I hope you will get the word out!
Feel free to ask any questions you have. I may not be able to divulge some of the top secret details but I'll be as open as possible.
The film screening will be at Government House on Thursday the 26th of March.
Please see the website for the full array of ticketing options that include an option for attending Gov´t House reception and basic entry or includes the whole weekend of events.
Folks, the date of the VI Lit Fest & Book Fair is fast approaching.
If you are interested in volunteering with tasks large and small please contact us. You can send me a PM or go to the Facebook page or website to express interest.
Some of the tasks could be:
- clerical, data-entry into google docs forms
- writing driving directions to the different venues in English, Danish, French, and Spanish
- translating or producing publicity tweets or brief info in Spanish, Danish, or French
- Help contact poets and other authors to ask for reading/signing time preferences
- graphic design or simple image skills to make a map of STX indicating where each event will take place.
VIRGIN ISLANDS LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR MARCH 26 TO 29
VI Lit Fest Features Book Bacchanal, Literary Island Tour and Historical Drama
The inaugural Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is set to kick off March 26 to 29 with a number of events highlighting literacy, local authors, and world literature.
Several authors will be featured, including famed Caribbean author Jamaica Kincaid, award-winning Virgin Islands author Tiphanie Yanique; and Jeffrey Perry, author and biographer of legendary Crucian writer and activist Hubert Harrison who will also be the subject of a play presented to the public with the playwright David Edgecombe who will available for Q&A on Saturday night.