St. Martin Book Fair presentation to Tourist Bureau

The first poster printed for the 8th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 3 – 5, 2010, was presented here on Monday to director of tourism Regina Labega, said book fair coordinator Shujah Reiph.

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Book Fair Committee (BFC) member Ari Sutton, made the presentation of the poster at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB), headed by Labega.

The STB is the steadfast partner of the book fair, which has "Nativity" as its theme this year. The poster lists the main parts of the literary festival and highlights the featured authors: Gerard Jadotte (Haiti), Lori Tharps (USA), Christian Campbell (The Bahamas), Lasana M. Sekou (St. Martin), M. NourbeSe Philip (Canada), Verene Shepherd (Jamaica), Raphaël Confiant (Martinique), and Carolyn Cooper (Jamaica). Reiph said that the entrance to all book launches, book selling exhibitions, workshops and general sessions "over three exciting days," will be free to the public. This opening ceremony takes place at the University of St. Martin on June 3, at 8pm. The Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Nehesi Publishers organize the St. Martin Book Fair in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, the Collectivity of St. Martin, and the University of St. Martin. Gina Rombley designed the golden ocher-colored poster.