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I was promoted as an invited guest to the St. Martin Book Fair shortly after the release of my book Oh Gad! in 2012. It didn’t work out (these things happen) but this year’s general announcement came to my inbox and I thought why not share it. I can’t swing it but for those who can, here’s the letter from the organizers in full For Your Information:
April 30, 2013
Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the University of St. Martin, are cordially inviting you to exhibit your book(s)/eBooks/recordings at the 11th annual St. Martin Book Fair – “Drum Beats,” May 30 – June 1, 2013, at the Chamber of Commerce Building (Maison des Entreprises), Spring Concordia, Marigot, and the University of St. Martin (USM), Philipsburg.
The organizers will provide a table for you and your publication(s) and for your book signing, on a “first-come-first-served” basis, at:
1. The Opening Ceremony, Chamber of Commerce Building (Maison des Entreprises), Spring Concordia, Marigot, Thursday, May 30, at 8 PM
2. The main book fair day, USM, Philipsburg, Saturday, June 1, from 9 AM – 5 PM To secure your table, I may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2003, the St. Martin Book Fair has been offering to the people of St. Martin and our visitors three exciting days of Caribbean and international books, literature and culture, recitals, and exhibition of educational and media tools, highlighted with:
Multilingual/multi-topic workshops (English, Dutch, Kreyol, Spanish, Papiamentu, French).
Book exhibitions; Book launches and signings of newly published books.
Among the past book fair guest authors are: George Lamming, Xu Xi, Max Rippon, Nidaa Khoury, Lasana M. Sekou, Wena Poon, Frank Martinus Arion, Mutabaruka, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tabish Khair, Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, Kendel Hippolyte, Chiqui Vicioso, Marion Bethel, Kamau Brathwaite, Camille Aubaude, Funso Aiyejina, Patrick Chamoiseau, Afua Cooper, Molefi K. Asante, Jr., Christian Campbell, David Abdulah, leading economist Norman Girvan, Harvard scholar Francis Abiola Irele, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott.
Over 1000 people participated in the St. Martin Book Fair activities in 2010 and 2011. We would be honored to have you and your family join us in 2013 for what promises to be a Charismatically Caribbean book fair. For additional information kindly contact us at Tel. (590) 618.104.22.168, email@example.com or visit www.houseofnehesipublish.com for book fair updates at http://www.houseofnehesipublish.com/book_fair2040.html.
Book Fair Committee
Thought you might want to know about this. CARICOM has issued a call for a new composition, an anthem if you will. That means song with lyrics; that means writers, get writing. I, myself, just might take a crack at this, the Muse willing. Here are the deets:
The submitted song should have a strong Caribbean identity plus flava and riddim, be playable on various instruments, make swell up with pride, bring us closer together, celebrate our Caribbean- ness. It goes without saying, right, that the song should have popular and emotional appeal.
Tall order. Are you up to the challenge?
Well you need to get cracking as submissions must be in by May 30th 2013.
To participate you must be a citizen of a CARICOM member state. You may submit more than one song, each four minutes or less, each on its own CD. There should be no identifying markers (presumably because these are to be judged blind). You must submit a completed entry form with original signature, plus a lyric sheet and music sheet.
So, what do you get if you win…let’s see.. how does US$10,000 sound? US$5,000 and US$2,500 for the runners-up. Nice purse. Coupled with the glory of hearing your song played and replayed at CARICOM events.
Apparently, there are to be national and regional committees and selections…I’m not sure what’s happening on the national level but I shall try to find out from the Culture Department as the preliminary round is supposed to be coordinated by the Directors of Culture and entries are to be submitted to the Culture Ministry not, apparently, directly to the CARICOM Secretariat. Pray Antiguan lyricists and composers don’t get left out because we’re sleeping on this as we have other opportunities in the past.
Anyway, each member state is supposed to submit its top 6 and then a regional panel will take it from there.
N.B. re intellectual property: the winning entry becomes the exclusive property of the CARICOM Secretariat. Runners up may reserve right to their composition. All entries must be original and shall not infringe upon the copyright of another.
Tony breaks down some hard truths about publishing in general and publishing in the Caribbean in particular, or even more particularly that part of the publishing process that involves getting your spanking new book into the hands of readers. Like he said, it’s not easy.
Here’s the full article and be sure to read the comments section.
This is a new site I came across (or at least new to me). I’ll be sharing the link on our Caribbean resources page as well but writing challenge to writing challenge, I thought it favourable to share the results of the Caribbean Intelligence new writing contest. I’ll be reading the stories and hope you will too.
Jennie D’ambra’s Box is described as being: ”inspired by the true story of welterweight champion boxer Joe Walcott, who left Barbados for the US at the age of 15, the teenage narrator makes the reverse journey when his stern grandmother turns him out of his Boston home and tells him to ‘go and find a life’. This story has the mysterious power of a folk tale and the excellent writing evokes first the harsh, cold life of the poor in Boston and then the brilliant sunshine of the Caribbean.”
Delroy ‘Nesta’ Williams’ Cricket in the Streets is said to be a story which “captures the terror and determination of a young batsman facing an aggressive fast bowler in a neighbourhood cricket match, is both funny and engaging. It has the reader cheering on its hero as he confronts his terrifying opponent.”
Sponsored by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe in partnership with the Association of Caribbean Writers [Association des Écrivains de la Caraïbe] the 3rd International Congress of Writers of the Caribbean [Congrès Internationale des Écrivains de la Caraïbe] will take place on April 10-13, 2013, at the Langley Resort Fort Royale in Deshaies, Guadeloupe. The guest of honor will be U.S. writer Russell Banks. There will also be a tribute to Aimé Césaire.
Participating writers and scholars include Russell Banks, Délia Blanco, Marion Bethel, Erna Brodber, Colin Channer, Raphael Confiant, Suzanne Dracius, Zelma Edgell, Joanne Hillhouse, Max Jeanne, Earl Lovelace, Griselle Merced, Ernest Pépin, Esther Phillips, Gisèle Pineau, Velma Pollard, Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, Aurea Maria Sotomayor, Lyonel Trouillot, Chiqui Vicioso, Elizabeth Wilson, and many more.
For a full list, see http://ecrivainsdelacaraibe.com/congres-2013/invites-3eme-edition.html
For more information, see http://ecrivainsdelacaraibe.com/
Read more at Repeating Islands.