A gift of books and CDs to Jubilee Library from Casa


Last Wednesday, a sample of literature books and CDs were presented to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), one of the St. Martin Book Fair organizers.


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The books are gifts from Cuba’s Casa de las Americas for libraries in St. Martin. The University of St. Martin (USM) library received a sample of titles on June 5, following the President’s Forum at the 7th annual St. Martin Book Fair (June 4-6, 2009). A set of books will also be presented to the Marigot Library, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics, a book fair partner. Casa received the book fair’s President’s Award on June 6 in recognition of its 50 years of publishing and contributing to the literary and cultural arts in the Caribbean and Latin America. Caridad Fernandez, a research specialist at Casa in Havana, delivered the President’s Forum lecture at USM and received the award on behalf of Casa at the closing ceremony of the book fair. (Interestingly, a few years ago PJL and HNP had jointly presented books about St. Martin’s culture, history and politics to Cuba’s Jose Marti National Library). In photo (L-R): Sorellis Peters of HNP’s book launch committee and Ans Koolen, PJL assistant director, pose with the sample of literature books and spoken word and music CDs – including titles in Spanish by two of the finest authors of the Americas Jacques Roumain (Haiti) and Pablo Neruda (Chile).