St. Martin Book Fair Program June 4 – 6, 2015

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Pre-Book Fair Activities

 

Tuesday, June 2

8pm – 11pm

The Poets Lounge

Guest poets: Rosabelle Illes (Aruba), Fola Gadet (Guadeloupe). Magueda Jackson (St. Martin/Anguilla), reads her poetry from the new anthology Where I See The Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla

Place: Q Lounge (Upstairs, McDonald’s Restaurant)

Simpson Bay

 

StMartinBookFair_Poster_2015Wednesday, June 3

6 pm – 7:30 pm

Economic Models in the Caribbean

Presentation/discussion with business and political leaders

Guest speaker: Luiz Bernardo Pericás (Brazil)

Historian, social critic, translator

Author of Che Guevara e o debate econômico em Cuba

(Che Guevara and the economic debate in Cuba)

Cambridge University Press

 

Place: Mr. K’s Cigar Lounge

Sucker Garden Road (at entrance to Guana Bay)

 

Mercredi 03 Juin 2015

Heure : 18 heures (6 pm – 7:30 pm)

Présentation du carnet de voyage de Steve Gadet : Dix jours au pays de la Négritude debout.

CCISM à Concordia, Marigot

 

Thursday, June 4

9 am 12 noon

Meet the Writers I

New writers and leading authors visit primary schools and secondary schools throughout the island to discuss their work, experience with writing books, and the value of reading and literature with teachers and students.

 

8 pm – 10 pm

Opening Ceremony

Place: Territorial Media Tech center

[Médiathèque Territoriale]

Rue J.L. Hamlet, Spring Concordia, Marigot

 

Words of Welcome

Mr. Shujah Reiph, President, Conscious Lyrics Foundation

Mrs. Jacqueline A. Sample, President, House of Nehesi Publishers 

Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Dean of Academics/Interim President University of St. Martin

 

Hon. Aline Hanson

President of the Collectivity of St. Martin (North)

Hon. Marcel Gumbs

Prime Minister of St. Martin (South)

 

Guest Recital

Dr. Oluwakemi M Linda Bank, poet, psychologist, educator (Anguilla)

Gisèle Pineau, novelist (Guadeloupe)

 

Keynote Address

Tishani Doshi

Poet, novelist, dancer, journalist, award-winning author (India)

 

New Books Launched

Featured book: The Adulterous Citizen – poems  stories  essays

by Tishani Doshi (India)

Introducing: Where I See The Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla

A New Anthology Edited by Lasana M. Sekou (St. Martin)

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The 13th Annual St. Martin Book Fair 2015 is declared open.

  • Book Fair exhibitions. All authors present for book signings. Reception. Refreshments served.

 

Friday, June 5

9 am 12 noon

Meet the Writers II  

New writers and leading authors visit primary schools and high schools throughout the island, and the House of Detention, to discuss their work, experience with writing books, and the value of reading and literature.

 

2 pm – 4 pm

General Session  

Place: University of St. Martin, Rm 202

 “Word up!”

An exciting discussion between important new-generation authors and hip hop artists and St. Martin teenagers, high school students, and rappers about the lyrics and expressions of today’s popular song, music, and dance.

 

Faizah Tabasamu, poet, blogger, literary critic, teacher (St. Martin)

Fola Gadet, poet, hip hop artist, author, university lecturer (Guadeloupe)

Nikky MC (Guillaume Delannay), rapper (St. Martin)

Rumari Rogers, Road March winner, St. Maarten Carnival 2015 (St. Martin)

 

8 pm – 10 pm

Literary Evening & Jazz

Canoa restaurant

(Overlooking Oyster Pond lagoon)

Emerald Merrit Road 14, Oyster Pond

 

Poetry & Prose Recital

An evening of literary readings by new and distinguished poets, novelists, and short story writers, from St. Martin and around the world. The poets/authors may recite in various languages.

 

Admission $50

(Three course dinner and 1 drink)

Poets/Novelists/Authors  

Tishani Doshi (India)

Faizah Tabasamu (Rochelle Ward) (St. Martin)

Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe)

Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia)

Nicole Cage (Martinique)

Luiz Bernardo Pericás (Brazil)

Oonya Kempadoo (Guyana/Grenada)

Fola Gadet (Guadeloupe)

Rosabelle Illes (Aruba)

Carlos Wynter Melo (Panama)

Vanessa Croft Thompson (Anguilla)

Terry Daniel (St. Martin)

Doris Dumabin (Guadeloupe)

Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua)

Sjorensly R.R. Valies (St. Martin)

Dory SélèspriKA (Guadeloupe)

Andre Fouad (Haiti/USA)

Max Rippon (Marie Galante)

 

Jazz Interlude

Connis Vanterpool, musician (St. Martin)

 

Saturday, June 6

8 am – 4 pm

Main Book Fair exhibition, book sales, book signings,

workshops, panel discussions, all open to the public

Free admission

Place: University of St. Martin (USM)

Soualiga Boulevard 1, Philipsburg

 

9 am – 12 noon

Storytelling, workshop, book signings, open to the public

Free admission

Place: Territorial Media Tech [Médiathèque Territoriale]

Rue J.L. Hamlet, Spring Concordia, Marigot

 

9 am – 12:30 noon 

I – In the Children’s Room

University of St. Martin, Rm 104 (Philipsburg)

 

For Book Fair 2015, children’s activities will include face painting by La Rich [9 am-9:45 am]. Thereafter the “Lil’ chef” activities will take over In the Children’s Room—centered around how children can prepare healthy snacks and gourmet bytes for themselves, their siblings, parents, and grandparents. Children can come dressed as little chefs for this unique activity, with Chef Maranatha of Maranatha Cuisine [10 am-12 noon]. There may also be storytelling in different languages. Ages: 4-12.

Coordinator: Nzinga Lake (St. Martin)

 

9 am – 10:30 am

II – The Arrowroot Workshop

University of St. Martin, Rm 102 (Philipsburg)

 

The Nature Valley association members will show the arrowroot plant and rootstock and discuss its history, cultivators, and uses in St. Martin; the traditional pounding method and companion songs; how the starch is made from the Caribbean herbaceous plant; and “medicinal virtues” and cooking uses of the fine-grained starch that is made from arrowroot in St. Martin and throughout the region. 

Presenter: Association Nature Valley Colombier (St. Martin)

(Contact: Vernicia Brooks)

 

III – The Constant Blogger

University of St. Martin, Rm 103 

 

How many times have you started something and stopped, or rather burned out because it became too overwhelming or time consuming, or you lacked inspiration? On one hand, you love writing and sharing your passion with people, but on the other, you have no clue where to begin or how to continue, or you may even find web design intimidating. This workshop will show you step-by-step how to set up your consistent blog and avoid burnout.

Presenter: Faizah Tabasamu (Rochelle Ward), poet, blogger, teacher (St. Martin)

 

Panel Discussion I: The sexualization of minor girls and boys in pop media

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

 

Authors discuss the increasing images and expressions of the sexualization of especially minor girls, and also boys, in song, dance, music video, tv/film, carnival, and fashion magazines, among other “media.” Is there an economic relationship between the sexualization of minors, “the entertainment industry,” and globalism as  new form of “cultural imperialism?” How are the sexualization images and expressions imitated, tolerated, or combated in the homes, schools, places of worship, in the community, and by upcoming and major artists?

Panelists/authors: Oonya Kempadoo (Guyana/Grenada); Fola Gadet (Guadeloupe); Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua); Carlos Wynter Melo (Panama).

Moderator: Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, linguist, educator, author (St. Martin)

 

IV Health and Banking

University of St. Martin, Rm 101

An L.B. Scott Lecture forum with experts in the subject areas.

Coordinator: Philipsburg Mutual Improvement Association (PMIA)

 

V – The Graphic Arts of Book Covers and CD/DVD jackets

University of St. Martin, Rm 107

 

D Workshop will conduct this introduction to graphic design, with an emphasis on print and digital book cover and CD/DVD jacket designs and typography. The importance of using the right font to convey the feel you’re looking for, along with the appropriate backdrop that will draw people to your message and product, and more will be discussed in this workshop.

Presenter: Sjorensly Valies, poet, graphic designer, owner of D Workshop (St. Martin)  

 

9 am – 11 am (De 9 heures à 11 heures)

VI – Teachers telling stories

Place: Territorial Media Tech [Médiathèque Territoriale]

(Spring Concordia, Marigot)

 

Writers/teachers will read to children, ages 5-10, from their children’s publications, in French—using island features such as the lady liberty statue at the Agrement roundabout; and animals that may be visible in the children’s neighborhoods.

Presenters: Andy Armongon (Guadeloupe/St. Martin)

Regine Samson (St. Martin/Guadeloupe)

 

VII – The Poetry Workshop

Territorial Media Tech [Médiathèque Territoriale]

(Spring Concordia, Marigot)

 

A multilingual (English, Kwéyòl, French) workshop on writing and performing poetry by new-generation Caribbean poets. Are you writing, interested in writing, or wish you could write good or great verse for traditional poetry forms, hip hop, rap, reggaeton, or dancehall? Hear “the word” from successful young poets on how to get started, or discuss with them different ways of getting better at the poetry and spoken word craft.

Presenters: Vladimir Lucien, award-wining poet (St. Lucia), Dory SélèspriKA, slam poet champion (Guadeloupe)

 

9 am – 11 am (De 9 heures à 11 heures)  

Conversation and book signing with Guadeloupean novelist Gisèle Pineau

Séance de dédicace du roman Les voyages de Merry Sisal de Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe), à la Librairie des isles, Concordia, Marigot.

 

10:35 am – 10:50 am

University of St. Martin (USM), Philipsburg

 

Coffee, tea, and pastries break

 

11 am – 12:30 noon

VIII – The Music Workshop

University of St. Martin, Rm 102

 

The life and work of Bankie Banx is “the lesson” of this music workshop. He rose from humble beginnings to international recording star, to producer of the annual Moonsplash, a unique Caribbean music festival that is the haunt of “Wall Street types.” How does he do it? What does it take to keep going while staying true to your roots? Audience will be able to ask questions.

Presenter: Bankie Banx, international recording artist, poet, songwriter, music producer, Moonsplash founder (Anguilla)

 

IX – A cross-cultural and multilingual approach to the Caribbean Community [A bilingual workshop: English/French]

University of St. Martin, Rm 103

 

Un approche transculturelle et multilinguistique de la communauté caribéenne

animée par Dr. Fabienne Viala (France/UK) [A Cross-Cultural and Multilingual approach to the Caribbean Community. Presenter: Dr. Fabienne Viala (France/UK)]. Informing the workshop will be Dr. Viala’s newest book, The Post-Columbus Syndrome: Identities, Cultural Nationalism and Commemorations in the Caribbean (Palgrave Macmillan, New Caribbean Series, 2014). It examines the representation of Christopher Columbus in Hispanic, English, and French-speaking Caribbean Cultural production, with a focus on literature, music, and performance.

 

X – The Writing Workshop

University of St. Martin, Rm 107

 

The Writing Workshop is a discussion about the writing process, how to get started:   poetry, stories, prose; when is your manuscript completed; what are some of the current ways to get your work to a publisher (e.g. via an agent)? Discussions and examples could include experiences with the author’s newest book, The Adulterous Citizen – poems  stories  essays (House of Nehesi Publishers), and her other books and articles (e.g. in International Herald Tribune, The Hindu, The Weekend Financial Times, Vogue, Elle, and The New York Times).

Presenter: Tishani Doshi (India), poet, novelist, dancer, award-winning author

 

Panel Discussion II: Contemporary Developments in Caribbean Theater

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

 

Panelists: Nicole de Weever, dancer, international/Broadway star, founder/president, Art Saves Lives Foundation (St. Martin); Felix Fleming, playwright, theater director, actor, founder, Sunshine Theatre Company (Anguilla); Clara Reyes, choreographer, dancer, Ponum expert, founding director, National Institute of Arts (St. Martin).

Moderator: Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, linguist, educator, author (St. Martin)

 

Lunch break

12:30 noon – 1:55 am

 

12 noon – 1:30 pm

Open Mic Poetry

University of St. Martin (USM), Gazebo

 

Fyah “Under the Gazebo”

An out-door poetry reading by St. Martin’s young poets and spoken word artists, and perhaps audience members, at the USM campus grounds.

by Soualigan Fyah: Youth Poetry

MCs: Sjorensly R. R. Valies, Glenda York

 

2 pm – 3:30 pm

Presidents Forum:

The Symposium of the St. Martin Book Fair

Place: University of St. Martin, Rm 202 (Philipsburg)

 

Challenges to Caribbean Unity: Immigration issues, denationalization of citizens, the new USA-Cuba relations, the remaining colonies in the Caribbean.

 

Introduction

Dr. Francio Guadeloupe

Dean of Academics/Interim President

University of St. Martin

 

Discussants

Luiz Bernardo Pericás (Brazil)

Historian, social critic, translator, author of Che Guevara e o debate econômico em Cuba (Che Guevara and the economic debate in Cuba)

Dr. Ayelezi Novivor (Guadeloupe/Togo)

Literary scholar and critic

Andre Fouad (Haiti/USA)

Poet, journalist

Rapporteur/moderator

Fabian Adekunle Badejo

Author, literary critic, journalist (St. Martin)

 

8 pm – 10 pm

Main Book Launch & Book Fair Closing Ceremony

Les Jardins de Bellevue

St. Martin Luxury Villa  

Bellevue Road, Marigot

 

new book launched:

 

Columbus, the Moor  |  Colón, el Moro 

Colomb, le Maure  |  Colombo, il Moro

 

by Charles Matz 

Poet, renaissance scholar, professor, dramaturge, author (USA)

 

Guest Speaker

Dr. Fabienne Viala

Historian, researcher, professor, author (UK/France)

 

Special guest performance

Bankie Banx

Poet, international recording artist (Anguilla)

 

Presentation

The Presidents Award

 

Word of Thanks

Shujah Reiph

Coordinator

St. Martin Book Fair

 

 

The 13th Annual St. Martin Book Fair

Organized by Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers

in collaboration with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, University of St. Martin

LCF Foundation, St. Martin Tourist Office, and

sponsors SOS radio, BK Martin Book Fund, SXM Airport.

 

Thank you for participating in the 13th Annual St. Martin Book Fair 2015

 

http://houseofnehesipublish.com/sxm/st-martin-book-fair/

 

www.houseofnehesipublish.com

 

Caption1: Poster of the 13th Annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 4-6, 2015.

Caption2: The Book Fair Committee (BFC), at the June 4 Opening Ceremony venue for the 13th Annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 4-6, 2015. (CLF photo)