US Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair 2024

US Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair 2024 starts April 11

The US Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair 2024 runs in the US territory from April 11 – 14, 2024. The festival theme is “Legacies: Reckoning + Resilience”

The US Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair was first hosted at the University of the Virgin Islands in 2015. For the last nine years, it has brought together bibliophiles, literary aficionados, readers, musical and visual artists, aspiring filmmakers, photography buffs as well as new, established and emerging writers.

The 2024 edition will be hosted by festival organisers alongside The Caribbean Writer in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of the University of the Virgin Islands. It follows the theme “Legacies: Reckoning and Resilience,” which is also the theme shared with Volume 38 of The Caribbean Writer, currently being prepped for publication.

Like in previous years, those who attend will be treated to book and poetry readings, workshops, panels, and loads more. The workshops on offer will focus on writing plot, character building, weaving setting, writing about community, writing poetry, writing for children, the implications of artificial intelligence for writers, and more. It will also pay tribute to Dr David Hall who will retire in July after 15 years as President of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Eleanor Sheara
Eleanor Sheara

Headlining this year’s festival on Friday, April 12, is Eleanor Sheara author of River Sing Me Home, a Good Morning America, Book Club Pick and one of Time Magazine’s must-read books of 2023. Powerful, moving, and redemptive, this novel tells of a mother’s desperate search to find her stolen children and her freedom. Shearer is a mixed-race writer and the granddaughter of Windrush generation immigrants. Her fieldwork in St. Lucia and Barbados helped inspire her first novel.

Some of the other guests will be Eleanor Shearer, Celeste Mohammed, Cadwell Turnbull, Jamaica Kincaid, Cyril Dabydeen, Ana Portnoy Brimmer, Dr Carlyle Corbin, Joy Lawrence, Karen Thurland, Richard Georges, Tobias S. Buckell, Benito Wheatley, Dr. Cora Christian, and Tiphanie Yanique.

For more information on the festival, please click here.

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