GREAT BAY:--- The presentation of the Presidents Award to Dr. Quince Duncan in St. Martin deepens Caribbean and Central American links, reports RECA Informa, an influential Central American studies newsletter.
“This recognition of the work and career of Quince Duncan deepens transregional and transnational linkages of Costa Rica and Central America with the Caribbean,” stated the lead story of the 61st edition of the Spanish language bulletin.
Costa Rican author Quince Duncan received the Presidents Award of the 14th
Annual St. Martin Book Fair at the festival’s closing ceremony in Marigot, June 4, 2016.
“I’m happy to see news about our respect for Dr. Duncan and his work and about our island-wide Book Fair activities being reported abroad,” said Shujah Reiph, founder and coordinator of the literary festival.
“The Presidents Award is presented to persons and institutions, in some instances
pioneers, whose work is noted for its excellence and for combining literary, cultural, and liberation components in the service of the progress of their people or nation, and of humanity,” said Lasana M. Sekou, co-founder of the St. Martin Book Fair.
Quince Duncan was born in 1940 in San José, Costa Rica. He is regarded as Costa
Rica’s first Afro-Caribbean writer in the Spanish language.
Dr. Duncan is well respected throughout Central America and internationally
recognized for his scholarly and organizational work on human rights and ethno-racial relations. “It is exactly for his ongoing literary, cultural studies, and human rights work that Dr. Quince Duncan was presented with the Presidents Award,” said Sekou.
The novels and short stories of Dr. Duncan have been awarded Costa Rica’s
National Literature Prize (Premio Nacional de Literatura) and Premio Editorial Costa Rica. His works typically concern the Afro-Caribbean population living on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, particularly around the city of Puerto Limón.
Duncan’s novel A Message from Rosa is available in English. It is one of his four
bilingual titles (English, Spanish and/or French). Professor Duncan has taught English, Literature, and Latin American Studies at the National University, Costa Rica, and at the University of Alabama, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Purdue University.
Duncan has authored and co-authored over 40 books, including La audacia final
de la inmigrante, El Pueblo Afrodescendiente, Ensayo dialogado sobre el pueblo Afrodescendiente de las Américas, and Dos novelas: Los cuatro espejos y La Paz del pueblo. Duncan read a lively selection of his English fiction at the Literary Evening lagoon cruise of the St. Martin Book Fair 2016, said Sekou.
Reiph, who is also president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF), along with
Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), and Dr. Francio
Guadeloupe, president of the University of St. Martin (USM), presented the Presidents Award to Quince Duncan before a book fair audience of slightly over 200 people, said Sekou. CLF and HNP are the festival organizers, in collaboration with USM, St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, and L.C. Fleming Foundation.
Previous recipients of what the Daily Herald has called a “prestigious award,” include George Lamming (Barbados), Casa de las Americas (Cuba), Benny Wenda (West Papua), and Bankie Banx (Anguilla).