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A book fair for the entire family


Shujah Alex ReiphThe St. Martin Book Fair was founded in 2003, by Shujah Alex Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation and co-founded by Lasana M. Sekou, projects director of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Inspired by the HNP Creative Writing Program (CWP), in which Reiph was a participant, the book fair was organized and launched on June 20, 2003, by CLF and HNP;well before the six-month CWP was completed. The members and officers of CLF were chiefly responsible for spearheading the organization of the first three-day fair in less than two months. During the 2003 launch reception, Josianne Fleming-Artsen, president of the University of St. Martin (USM), suggested to Reiph the participation of USM in future book fairs. Since 2004, USM has been the collaborator of the St. Martin Book Fair and its campus remains home to the main
book fair day of workshops, general sessions, and book sales. read more


Funso Aiyejina was born in Nigeria and is a Professor of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Trinidad.

Rhoda Arrindell heads the Language Division at the University of St. Martin, where she lectures in English Composition, Caribbean Literature, and Elements of Literature.

Camille Aubaude was born on October 13, 1959, in Paris, France. She studied and taught at the University Paris III, Sorbonne, and holds a docteur es lettres in French literature.

Fabian Adekunle Badejo is the author of Claude - A Portrait of Power (1989) and Salted Tongues – Modern Literature in St.Martin (2003).

Marion Bethel is from The Bahamas. The Cambridge University graduate is an attorney and writer of poetry, short stories, and essays.

Kamau Brathwaite, Ph.D. (University of Sussex), was born in Barbados in 1930. Co-founder of Caribbean Arts Movement (CAM) in the UK, he has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA.

Stéphane G. Brooks was born in St. Martin and studied in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies and the United Theological College of the West Indies.

Gény Cointre, educational psychologist, poet, is a native of Guadeloupe. She settled in St. Martin in 2003.

Wendy-Ann Diaz is a social studies teacher at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School in St. Thomas, USVI.

Bernadette Hassell, coordinator of “In The Children’s Room” workshop for the St. Martin Book Fair.

Dr. Jay B. Haviser has been the Archaeologist for the Netherlands Antilles since 1982. He received his doctorate in Archaeology from Leiden University, Netherlands, in 1987.

Kendel Hippolyte was born in St. Lucia in 1952. During the 1970s, Hippolyte lived in Jamaica as a student and then teacher.

Sidonia Hodge is a St. Martin poet who started writing poetry in elementary school. Her poems often reflect on the social ills facing the St. Martin society.

Jocelyne Illidge, banking officer, Banque Française Commerciale (BFC), St. Martin.

F. Abiola Irele born in Nigeria, and teaches at Harvard. The expert in
French and comparative literatures, who was Professor of French and Chair of the Modern Languages Department at the University of Ibadan, studied in Africa and Europe.

Earl Lovelace (b. 1935, Toco, Trinidad), novelist, playwright, short-story writer, essayist.

Greta Marlin was born in Barbados and has lived in St. Martin for nearly 30 years.

Wilma E. Reverón-Collazo is an attorney practicing employment, civil rights and family law in Puerto Rico.

Clara Reyes, MFA (SUNY College at Brockport) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher.

Max Rippon, Marie Galante, Guadeloupe, is the author of nine books of poems, essays on tourism, and narratives.

Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, Cuban essayist and literary critic. He has been a researcher with Casa de las Américas’ Center of Caribbean Studies (1979-2000).

Angelo Rombley, founder, Big Eye Opener Studios, Inc.. The award-winning senior graphics designer has worked with Fortune 500 and leading graphic design companies.

Jacqueline A. Sample
, founder, JAL Creations; immediate past-president, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. (BDA), New York

Juliette Sméralda, Ph.D., sociology, was born in Martinique and lives in France. She is a professor and associate researcher at the University of Marc Bloch, Strasbourg II.

Rueben J. Thompson, project manager, Love the Lagoon Project, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC).

Gregory Thomson, MS, consultant, All Basic Services Foundation.

Sherezada “Chiqui” Vicioso is an essential poet, playwright and essayist of the Dominican Republic.


St. Martin Book Fair – “Writing Justice,” May 31 – June 2, 2007

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT, St. Martin—The 5th annual St. Martin Book Fair (May 31 –June 2, 2007) will open in Spring Concordia, Marigot at the Maison des Entreprises (Chamber of Commerce Building) on Thursday, May 31, at 8pm..

Most of the book fair workshops will be hosted in Great Bay (Philipsburg) at the University of St. Martin (USM) on Friday, June 1 and all day on Saturday, June 2.
Famous and new visiting writers will crisscross the island to primary and high schools. The cultural concert will be held in Cay Hill. The main book launch and closing ceremony will conclude the St. Martin Book Fair in Cupecoy, at the American University in the Caribbean, said book fair coordinator Shujah Reiph. . read more


Meet and talk with our St. Martin and visiting
authors, workshop coordinators and booksellers.
Enjoy exciting workshops, general sessions,
book buys and book signings throughout this
three-day book fair for the entire family ... at the
University of St. Martin, Maison des Enterprises,
Belair Health & Fitness Club, American University
of the Caribbean, and high schools throughout
St. Martin.


Patrons of the Nation's Arts


Conscious Lyrics Foundation &
House of Nehesi Publishers
in collaboration with the University of St. Martin

Contact Information
Book Fair Coordinator
Shujah Reiph

Conscious Lyrics foundations
P.O. Box 774
Philipsburg, St. Martin

House of Nehesi Publishers
P.O. Box 460
Philipsburg, St. Martin

Tel. (590.690) 30.73.66
Fax (599) 542.4435

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