VI Literary Festival & Book Fair set for April 21-23, 2016
(Official Press Release)
The VI Literary Festival and Book Fair will take place April 21-23, 2016 at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus; view more releases on the #VILitFest announcements page.
Check out just some of the phenomenal regional and local talent set to appear at this year’s #VILitFest 2016:
- Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. Johns, Antigua. Her books include “At the Bottom of the River,” “Annie John,” “Lucy,” “The Autobiography of My Mother,” and “My Brother” (all published by FSG). She lives with her family in Vermont.
- Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of eight novels and a memoir, “Not for Everyday Use” Elizabeth Nunez Photowhich won the 2015 Hurston Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction. Both “Boundaries” and “Anna In-Between” were New York Times Editors’ Choices. “Anna In-Between” won the 2010 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Nunez also received the 2011 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and Barnes & Noble, and a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad & Tobago National Library. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches fiction writing. She divides her time between Amityville and Brooklyn, New York. “Even in Paradise” is her latest novel.
- Earl Lovelace is a Trinidadian novelist, playwright and short story writer. He has won numerous awards, including the 1997 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for his novel “Salt” and the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for his latest novel, “Is Just a Movie.”
- Asha Lovelace is an award-winning director and producer who was born in Trinidad. Asha Lovelace PhotoHer latest film, “Joebell and America,” was awarded the “Best International Narrative Feature” at the Women’s International Film Festival in 2008. She is also the daughter of Caribbean writer Earl Lovelace.
- Ida Does, director, was born in Suriname, and is of French, Chinese and Dutch-Creole descent. She has worked as a journalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker for the past two decades and resides in Aruba and the Netherlands. She studied documentary filmmaking at the Media Academy in Hilversum and the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. After working at a broadcast company for many years, she became an independent filmmaker and producer in 2007. Ida previously directed two award-winning documentaries about prominent, national figures of Suriname: freedom fighter Anton de Kom, and national poet Trefossa.
- Called “Violent, poetic and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and the islands he lived on influence much of his work His “Xenowealth” series begins with “Crystal Rain.” Along with other stand-alone novels and his over 50 stories, his works have been translated into 18 different languages. He has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. His latest novel is “Hurricane Fever,” a follow up to the successful “Arctic Rising” that NPR says will ‘give you the shivers.’
- Delyno Brown, better known as Pressure or Pressure Busspipe, is a reggae artist from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He gained his early experience working on the Star Lion sound system in the late 1990s. His debut album, “The Pressure Is On,” was produced by Dean Pond and released in 2005. He had a hit in Jamaica in 2007 with a remixed version of “Love and Affection,” a song originally recorded for Pond but updated by producer Don Corleon. Corleon produced an album of the same name. His third album was called “Coming Back For You,” again produced by Pond and released in 2009. Pressure is known for his commitment to the Rastafari movement. His fourth album, “Africa Redemption,” was released in December 2012. He worked on the album with producer Trevor “Baby G” James in Jamaica and Damian and Stephen Marley in Miami. After being a victim of gun crime and in response to the rise in violent crime in the islands, Pressure Busspipe organized a peace concert in St. Thomas in August 2013. Fifth album “The Sound” was released in 2014.
- One of the local authors featured at the VI Lit Fest will be Tiphanie Yanique, St. Thomas-born fictionAuthorphoto2 2014 writer and winner of the 2014 Flaherty-Duncan First Novel Prize for her novel “Land of Love and Drowning.” Her award-winning book chronicles the saga of a St. Thomas family through three generations from 1916 to 1970, and has been described as “a love letter to the Virgin Islands, both the land and spirit of the place,” in the Los Angeles Review of Books.