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St. Martin Book Fair Program, June 2 – 4, 2016

Pre-­‐Book Fair Activities

Monday, May 30bookfair30052016

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
POETRY IS AN ISLAND
A feature film premiere in St. Martin. The life and work of Nobel Prize
winner and poet Derek Walcott (St. Lucia). The film’s director/producer Ida Does (Suriname/ Netherlands) will be at the screening to discuss the film with the audience. Poetry is an Island begins promptly at 7 pm.
Free admission.
Place: Philipsburg Jubilee Library (next to Sundial School)
Charles Voges Street, Philipsburg

Tuesday, May 31

7 pm – 8:30 pm
PARENTS AND TEACHERS WORKSHOP
Presenter: Dr. Umar Johnson (USA) The dynamic psychologist will explore and discuss traditional and modern parenting and teaching ideas, practices, models for rearing and educating today’s “globalized” child. Fundraising admission: $10 (limited seating)
Place: University of St. Martin Philipsburg, St. Martin
8 pm – 11 pm

THE POETS LOUNGE
Guest poet: AnuMaat Davis Kahina (St. Croix/VI) Free admission.
Place: Q Lounge (upstairs, McDonald’s restaurant), Simpson Bay

Wednesday, June 1

6 pm – 7:30 pm
CUBA AFTER THE OBAMA VISIT
Pedro Pérez-Sarduy (Cuba), in a current affairs discussion with business, tourism, and political leaders and representatives. Pedro Pérez-Sarduy is a
well-traveled broadcast journalist, poet, novelist, and Cuban affairs
consultant in London, UK. Free admission.
Place: Mr. K Cigar Lounge Sucker Garden Road (entrance to Guana Bay)

7 pm – 8 pm
Radio Roundtable:
SCIENCE, RESEARCH, AND LITERATURE
Fascinating facts, views, and approaches from authors and professors about the relationship between science, research, their own writing and
creative literature in general.
Panelists: Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pa (Argentina/USA). Dr. Quince Duncan
(Costa Rica). Dr. Rhoda Arrindell (St. Martin). Dr. ChenziRa Davis Kahina
(St. Croix/VI)
Moderator: Fabian Adekunle Badejo (St. Martin) Place: SOS Radio 95.9 FM

7:30 pm – 9 pm
AUTHORS RECEPTION
Meet and greet. Visiting authors, St. Martin authors, representatives of the partners, patron, sponsors, organizers, and the Book Fair Committee of the
14th edition of the St. Martin Book Fair. Special recital feature this year.

Book Fair Program

Thursday, June 2

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 creative thinking, reading, and literature with teachers and students.

6 pm – 7 pm

“PARENTS BEWARE” RADIO TALK SHOW
Guest poets/author/activists: Fola Gadet (Martinique/Guadeloupe),
Adrian Green (BarbadosI) Host: Lenny Mussington Place: Youth Radio 92.5 FM

8 pm – 10:30 pm

OPENING CEREMONY

Place: Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities, Pointe Blanche, St. Martin

WORDS OF WELCOME

Mr. Shujah Reiph President, Conscious Lyrics Foundation. Mrs. Jacqueline A. Sample President, House of Nehesi Publishers. Dr. Francio Guadeloupe President/Interim Dean of Academics, University of St. Martin. Hon. William Marlin Prime Minister of St. Martin (South). Hon. Aline Hanson President of St. Martin (North)

GUEST RECITAL

Adrian Green, poet, cultural activist (Barbados). Yvonne Denis-Rosario, poet, professor, UPR (Puerto Rico)

Keynote Address

DR. CAMILLE WARDROP ALLEYNE

Scientist, advanced aerospace and space technology development; Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station; has served in technical management roles at NASA and US Department of Defense; Founder, Brightest Stars Foundation (USA).

NEW BOOKS LAUNCHED

Featured book: Soualiga Catholica – The St. Martin of Tours Parish (1841 –
2016) by Gerard van Veen (St. Martin)
Introducing: The Verandah Poems by Jean “Binta” Breeze (United
Kingdom/Jamaica)
Book and video exhibition: GEBE Through The Years – Power To Serve
(promotions for upcoming edition of title about the public utility’s history)
Books available; authors on hand for autographs.

SPECIAL GUEST FEATURE

Living statues: Famous scientists down the ages

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY The 14th Annual St. Martin Book Fair 2016 is declared open. Book Fair exhibitions. All authors present for book signings. Reception. Refreshments served.

Friday, June 3

9 am – 11:30 am

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 creative thinking, reading and literature.

8:30 am – 10:30 am

CREATIVE WRITING MASTER CLASS With Jean “Binta” Breeze, MBE, pioneer dub poet, literature instructor, author (United Kingdom/ Jamaica)

A unique opportunity to hone and significantly advance your creative writing skills and literature review knowledge, conducted by a world- famous master of the literary craft and spoken word genre.

Place: University of St. Martin, Rm 202

10:35 am – 10:50 am

Coffee, tea, and pastries break

University of St. Martin (USM), Philipsburg

11 am – 12:30 noon

I – SO YOU WROTE A BOOK ... NOW WHAT?

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

This workshop will address most frequently asked questions by authors, the acquisitions process of publishing and publicity and marketing strategies for new and seasoned authors and more!

Presenter: Yona Deshommes, publicist, Associate Director of Publicity Atria
Books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster (New York, USA)

2 pm – 4 pm

GENERAL SESSION I

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

“Word Up!” An exciting discussion about “what’s happening now”— between important new-generation authors, hip hop and literary artists, peer counselor, and St. Martin teenagers and high school students.

Adrian Green, performance poet, cultural activist (Barbados). King Vers, singer, winner of Soca Rumble 2016 “Power category” (St. Martin). AnuMaat Davis Kahina, poet, peer councilor (St. Croix/VI). Fola Gadet, poet, hip hop artist, cultural activist, professor (Martinique/Guadeloupe)

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

LITERARY EVENING & PAN MUSIC

Lagoon Cruise Simpson Bay Lagoon, Simpson Bay

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.

Fundraising admission: $25 (Refreshments served)

Poets/Novelists/Authors Nalo Hopkinson (Canada), Lysanne Charles Arrindell (St. Martin), Benzo (Guadeloupe), Quince Duncan (Costa Rica), Michela Calderaro (Italy), Simone Schwarz-Bart (Guadeloupe), Pedro Pérez-Sarduy (Cuba), Jean “Binta” Breeze (United Kingdom/Jamaica), Doris Dumabin (Guadeloupe), Max Rippon (Marie Galante), Valeria Grinberg Pla (Argentina/USA), Nicole Cage (Martinique), Fola Gadet (Guadeloupe), Rita Celestine-Carty (Anguilla), Yvonne Denis-Rosario (Puerto Rico), Adrian Green (Barbados)

Pan Interlude

Isidore “Mighty Dow” York, pannist, kaisonian (St. Martin)

Saturday, June 4

8 am – 3:30 pm

MAIN BOOK FAIR EXHIBITION, BOOK SALES, BOOK SIGNING, WORKSHOPS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, ALL OPEN AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Place: University of St. Martin (USM) – Soualiga Boulevard 1, Philipsburg

9 am – 12:30 noon

II – IN THE CHILDREN’S ROOM University of St. Martin, Rm 105

Children’s Room activities will include storytelling, reading, the science of “the non-popping balloon,” special presentation of storybooks, and other fun activities. Ages: 4-12.

Guests: Garfield “Papa Umpho” Young, storyteller, teacher (St. Martin);
Heddrick McBride, storyteller, author (USA)

Coordinator: Book Fair Committee

9 am – 10:30 am

III – THE SCIENCE OF FINE COOKING

University of St. Martin, “Under the Gazebo”

What happens when a world-class chef, an illustrious painter, and a fine art gallery director, who also writes poetry, get together to publish a book? You get to “... awaken your senses” with The Temptation
Restaurant Cookbook – A Delectable Blend of Cuisine, Fine Art and Poetry with Dino Jagtiani, Roland Richardson, and Laura Richardson. Open your senses and the book fair morning with the inviting aroma and tasty food
bites prepared before your very own eyes by Chef Dino. Artist Roland and Poet Laura will welcome you and autograph your copy of the irresistible book of original food recipes, art, and poetry.

Presenters: Dino Jagtiani, chef/author (St. Martin). Roland Richardson, artist
(St. Martin). Laura Richard-son, poet, gallery director (St. Martin).

IV – MAD MATH SKILLS!

University of St. Martin, Rm 102

This workshop is not just about “math made easy.” It’s also about how

math can be exciting, because from the most basic counting and “figuring it out” to the most complex calculations, we’re all using math every day.

Presenter: Roberto C. Arrindell, mathematics instructor, USM; education coordinator, St. Maarten Academy high school (St. Martin)

V – EVITA OF THE AMERICAS

University of St. Martin, Rm 104

Why does this dynamic first lady of Argentina still dazzle worlds of imagination? Selected English readings and interpretations from Eva Perón: cuerpo-género-nación, about the life and continuing fascination with Eva Perón. This workshop includes music and visuals and the presenter/author is bilingual.

Presenter: Valeria Grinberg Pla, cultural critic, author, associate professor, Bowling Green State University. (Argentina/USA)

PANEL DISCUSSION I:

Quo Vadis, Great Salt Pond? Future dreams and wishes

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

In poetry the historic Great Salt Pond has been called the “cradle of nation.” However, there are the general pollution, land filling, and the mountainous, growing garbage dump at its near center, a health hazard and sore sight of mental, spiritual, and cultural anguish for the St. Martin people (South and North). There have been plans and plans for plans and recycling garbage plants from successive governments. But has anyone ever gathered a group of St. Martin’s busiest environmentalists and heritage scientists, workers, and activists and asked them for their best
wish or vision for the future of the Great Salt Pond?

Panelists/authors: Tadzio Bervoets, environmentalist management (St. Martin). Jay B. Haviser, archeologist, author (St. Martin). Mark Yokoyama, environmentalist, author (St. Martin)

Moderator: Cindy Peters, university instructor, researcher; Book Fair
Committee (St. Martin/USA)

VI – READING CARDS, PALMS, COWRIE SHELLS, “SIGNS,” COFFEE CUPS, OR CIGAR ASH – SPIRITUAL SCIENCE OR SCIENCE FICTION?

University of St. Martin, Rm 102

Mediums, spiritualists, psychics, herbal doctors, houngans, stigmata bearers, prophets, and seers are among a host of men and women who claim to “see” into unknown worlds and futures. As much as people who claim such “powers” and “science” have been hailed down the ages for their knowing and healing, they have also been hunted down for no good—or just marginalized to sideshows and secrecy. What is it really all about ... from their perspectives? In this bilingual (Spanish-English) workshop, the audience will hear about a Caribbean tradition of “reading” and “seeing” from one such seer, and get the opportunity to ask questions. (The reading for a volunteer may be possible.)

Presenter: Milady De la Cruz, folklorist; African heritage fashion designer;
owner, Querubinas Full Fashion (Dominican Republic)

Translator (English/Spanish): Fabian Adekunle Badejo (St. Martin) VII – WRITING AND PERFORMING POETRY AND LITERARY CRITICISM University of St. Martin, Rm 107
How do successful performance poets do it? What do literary critics look for in published poetry or any other literary genre? What happens when you put both an outspoken poet and a critic in one room to meet with writers, readers, and lovers of literature and books?

Presenters: Adrian Green, award-winning performance poet (Barbados).
Rita Celestine-Carty, poet, literary critic, educator (Anguilla)

The Forensics Special

Saturday, June 4

9 am – 10:30 am

DIGITAL FORENSICS AND CYBER CRIME

Place: University of St. Martin, Rm 103

This digital forensics presentation looks at the actual and little-known-

about work in St. Martin: The prevention of victimization and the work of preventing people from engaging in unlawful activities on the Internet. The digital forensics experts will discuss among other aspects the investigative science of their work and its relationship to the use of social media in particular and the Internet in general.

Presenters: Paul Brown and Guzman Williams (St. Martin), digital forensics experts at the Forensics Department, St. Maarten Police (KPSM)

10:35 am – 10:50 am

Coffee, tea, and pastries break

University of St. Martin, Philipsburg

11 am – 12:30 noon

VIII – WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND THE MAKING OF NATURAL HISTORY IN THE CARIBBEAN

University of St. Martin, Rm 102

Discover the fascinating, largely unknown stories of the incredible women and men who helped to build the scientific heritage of the Caribbean! The historical contributions of people of color and women to science have often been hidden, suppressed, or simply not as well publicized as those of their white male contemporaries—this unique multimedia presentation shines a light on the lost or unsung work of the women and people of color in the study of Caribbean natural history, from the late
1400s to the early 1900s. Many of these trailblazers had to fight slavery, racism, and sexism, and risk perilous journeys, pirates, disease, and
dangerous wildernesses to do what they loved; their real lives were more epic, adventurous, heartbreaking, and inspiring than any Hollywood movie.

Presenter: Jenn Yerkes, president, Les Fruits de Mer Association, co- curator, Amuseum Naturalis (St. Martin)

IX – ARE YOU PROTECTED YET?

University of St. Martin, Rm 103

This workshop, the third in a book fair series, is about protecting your intellectual and creative property. How to protect your writings, songs, and music. What if you self-publish a novel or poetry book, is your work protected in St. Martin, in the Eastern Caribbean states and territories,

internationally? What is the extent of intellectual property protection from the new copyright office in Philipsburg? Can a dancer, choreographer, fashion designer, cook, bartender who invents his or her own drinks, an educator who comes up with a new teaching model, or a hobbyist who invents a digital game, app, or scientific instrument apply for and receive copyright protection in the Caribbean? The presenters will also discuss briefly how the Berne Convention, Buenos Aires convention, and Universal copyright affect St. Martin, especially the South of the island.

Presenters: Ivenia Benjamin, senior magistrate, author, publisher (Dominica/Anguilla). Ayana Tyrell, an attorney-at-law (Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Anguilla Circuit), (St. Martin)

X – TIPS, TRUTHS, AND TOUCHY TOPICS – WRITING A BOOK ABOUT YOUR CHURCH HISTORY

University of St. Martin, Rm 107

The history of your community church is dear, even sacred to some. Now you want to write the first book or a new book about your church, its leaders, and congregations. Perhaps you want to write about generations of your own family members, the backbone and even founders of your church. You start to dig in the archives and interview elders. You’re finding facts and folklore about great kindness and caring. You’re also finding some troubling “stuff.” You’re told to “just leave that ‘paat’ alone now, nah.” Or, “You better just forget about that whole book business, you hear!?” What to do now? In this workshop you’ll hear how to “write on!” from a veteran church historian and former clergyman. His book, Soualiga Catholica – St. Martin of Tours Parish (1841 – 2016), is featured at the opening ceremony of Book Fair 2016.

Presenter: Gerard van Veen, church historian, columnist, author
(St. Martin)

PANEL DISCUSSION II:

Today’s Images of Black People in the Literatures, Movies, and Songs of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Americas

University of St. Martin, Rm 202

Panelists: Dr. Quince Duncan, scholar, author (Costa Rica). Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pa, author, associate professor (Argentina/USA). Dr. Yvonne Denis-Rosario, poet, professor, (Puerto Rico)

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

XI – LET’S MAKE A MOVIE!

University of St. Martin, Rm 104

The ideas, the equipment, the script, the actors ... Lights! Camera! Action! Movie-making made easier-than-you-think is what this workshop is about. Also, pick up some do-it-yourself tips for short films, YouTube and music videos, family movies, and documentaries.

Presenter: Ayuk Ashu, founder/content producer, CANI TV; Video
Marketing Specialist (St. Martin/ Cameroon)

PANEL DISCUSSION III:

Sujet du débat : Dématérialisation de la consommation culturelle : Quel est le statut du livre papier à l’ère numérique?

Digitization of cultural consumption: What is the status of the paper or printed book in the digital age?

University of St. Martin, Rm 201

(Discussion languages: Kwéyòl, English, French)

Panelists: Simone Schwarz-Bart (Guadeloupe). Max Rippon (Marie- Galante). Nicole Cage (Martinique). Doris Dumabin (Guadeloupe)

Moderator: Lynda Letan, educator, Lycée Polyvalent Des Iles Du Nord
(St. Martin)

12 noon – 1:30 pm

OPEN MIC POETRY

University of St. Martin, 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. Last year a few leading international and
regional guest authors found it irresistible not to throw their hat in the ring.
Let’s see what happens this year.

Coordinator: Soualigan Fyah: Youth Poetry, MCs: Sjorensly R. R. Valies, Lysanne Charles Arrindell

LUNCH BREAK

12:30 noon – 1:55 am

2 pm – 3:30 pm

XII – CHANSONS ET MUSIQUES PEUT-ON TOUT DIRE?

Place: Médiathèque Territoriale

Rue J.L. Hamlet, Spring Concordia, Marigot

Quel est l’impact des paroles des chansons que nous écoutons? Peut-on tout dire aujourd’hui sous prétexte de liberté d’expression? Les médias doivent-ils tout diffuser?

Steve GADET, Chanteur de Hip-hop, écrivain, universitaire

2 pm – 3:30 pm

PRESIDENTS FORUM:

The Symposium of the St. Martin Book Fair

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

“I will write a story and put myself in it, in this new world”: What is the bonding relationship between imagination, culture and the process and act of literary creation and scientific invention? How will imaginative literature continue to influence science and how will science impact literary genres in making what is only imagined today “for real” tomorrow? How critical is the creative writer and the scientist in the speculative, pop culture, policy-maker, and futurist “narratives” that get told, heard, read, seen, and claimed as the futures to entertain or build humanity.

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

Commentary
Ms. Nalo Hopkinson (Canada/Jamaica)
Award-winning science fiction writer, associate professor of Creative
Writing, University of California Riverside

Discussants
Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne (USA)
Aerospace scientist; founder, Brightest Stars Foundation

Dr. Jay B. Haviser (St. Martin) Archeologist, author, director of SIMARC

Ms. Yona Deshommes (USA)
Publicist, Associate Director of Publicity Atria Books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster

Rapporteur/moderator
Mrs. Jacqueline Sample
Criminologist; art curator; president, House of Nehesi Publishers (USA/St. Martin)

8 pm – 10 pm

Main Book Launch & Book Fair Closing Ceremony

Place: Chamber of Commerce Building
Spring Concordia, Marigot

New book launched:

Book of The Dead
by Lasana M. Sekou
Poet, short story writer, essayist, author (St. Martin)

Guest Speaker
Dr. Michela Calderaro
Comparative literature professor, author (Italy)

Presentation
The Presidents Award

WORD OF THANKS
Shujah Reiph, Coordinator, St. Martin Book Fair

Thank you for participating in the 14th Annual St. Martin Book Fair 2016

See more at the web page of the St. Martin Book Fair, June 2 – 4, 2016

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

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