FYI – St. Martin Book Fair

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

Dear Author:

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

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) 690.30.73.66, or visit for book fair updates at


Conneir Thelwell

Book Fair Committee



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