Antigua & Barbuda Literary Festival to Feature U.S., Canadian and Caribbean authors
Eric Jerome Dickey, Elizabeth Nunez among attendees
29, 2007 -- The Caribbean Literary Arts
Festival, introduced in
Now being held under the auspices of the Ministry of
Tourism and renamed the “
The festival will be held at the newly
renovated and expanded Anchorage Inn on
The festival will open with Youth Day, where the
Antigua, Barbuda and
At the Opening Reception on Friday evening,
Althea Prince will receive the First Annual Antigua & Barbuda Literary
Award and Hansib Publishing will debut the new edition of “A Little Bit of
Paradise,” a premium coffeetable book featuring photos of
Saturday’s schedule includes workshops and book signing sessions with the various authors. Topics include “Writing African American Christian Fiction,” “Staying the Course with Writing,” “Finding the Angle," “It's Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self and Go Fetch It,” and “Voices Within – the Many Facets of Woman.” Special sessions based on historic topics, cookbook literature, helping children enjoy literature, and photography will be offered to widen the festival’s appeal. In addition, there will be a unique panel discussion on the abolition of slavery, analyzing what kinds of stories have been produced from that experience.
On Saturday evening, the Festival will conduct
its major fundraiser, a Dinner Cruise on the Black Swan. Tickets are $120 per
person, and all funds raised will be used to purchase new books for the
Sunday brings more opportunities to hear writers reading their works and signing books, as well as workshops on such topics as “Self Publishing,” “Finding Your Voice Within,” and “Writing Caribbean Humor for an International Audience.” Special sessions will include a discussion of “Democracy Diplomacy” with Max Hurst and Dr. George Irish and a discussion about preserving our food heritage through writing.
The Festival will wrap up with a Sunset Party at the
Major sponsors for the weekend event include the Antigua & Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Digicel, Carib-World Travel, Best of Books and the Baltimore Times. Other sponsors include West Indies Oil, Antigua & Barbuda Social Security, Virgin Airlines, Harney Motors and The Bird Law Firm.
Festival registration is $250 for two days, and
$125 for a single day. Registration forms can now be obtained from Carib-World
Travel at Woods Centre or from the Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street in