Anguilla Lit-Fest: A Literary Jollification

THE VALLEY, Anguilla – The tiny tropical paradise of Anguilla is pleased to announce the first annual “Anguilla Lit-Fest: A Literary Jollification.” This auspicious event will take place from May 24-28, 2012 under the distinguished patronage of award-winning author, Terry McMillan.

Also joining Ms. McMillan for this occasion will be authors, Randall Robinson of the USA who now resides in St. Kitts; editor, Malaika Adero of Atria/Simon & Schuster; Lasana Sekou of House of Nehesi Publishers in St Maarten; Mr. David Carty, Anguillian historian and author; Hill Harper – USA Authour/Actor/Philantropist; Marie-Elena John – Antiguan Author and many others.

The Anguilla Lit-Fest was conceptualized as a means of celebrating Anguilla’s literary heritage and is seen as a catalyst for visitor arrivals during the summer shoulder period. Some 200 plus visitors from the USA, Canada and The Caribbean are expected to be on island for the four- day event, which will feature a Welcome Cocktail, Breakfast and Lunch presentations, special sessions with the authors and fun-filled evening soirees. Participants will also be given a full day to create their personal Anguilla Experience or to reconnect with their individual creative muse.

Please see attached a schedule of events for The Anguilla Lit Fest 2012. Register now at the Anguilla Tourist Board to be a part of this literary jollification. Call 497-2759 for more information or visit .

Anguilla Lit Fest – “A Literary Jollification”
Host Hotel: Paradise Cove Resort – Official Bookstore: Coral Reef Bookstore
Registration Fee: US$150.00 (Covers meals, events and ground transportation during conference sessions)

*Itinerary is subject to change

Thursday, May 24, 2012
(Delegates and patrons begin arriving throughout the day. Hotel check-in; afternoon at leisure. Registration throughout the day at Paradise Cove Resort)

8:00am Breakfast and morning at Leisure
11:45am Pick-up for lunch at Davida’s Restaurant
2:00 pm – 3:00pm Champion Pursuit of Literacy – Primary School Students’ forum featuring
Terry McMillan, Hill Harper, Randall Robinson, Crystal McCary, Malaika Adero,
Marie-Elena John
Venue: Teacher’s Resource Center

6:30 – 8:00 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception for all delegates and invited guests at Paradise Cove Resort

Friday, May 25, 2012
7:00 am -8:00 am Late Registration at Paradise Cove
8-9:30am Rise and Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove
Featured Speakers: Lasana Sekou, Author, Founder of House of Nehesi Publishers (St. Martin),
Hill Harper, Author, Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph – Author, Actress

Coffee Break Sponsored by Coral Reef Bookstore
10-11:45am Panel Discussion – Topic: Writing is Just the Beginning: The New Publishing Rules

Moderator: Stephanie Stokes Oliver Author, Editor, Essence Magazine (USA/Anguilla)

Panelists: Malaika Adero, Vice President, Senior Editor, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster (USA),
Marva Allen, (HueMan Bookstore/USA), Marie-Elena John, Author (Antigua/USA), Lasana Sekou, Author, Founder of House of Nehesi Publishers (St. Martin), Amy Berkower, Author, Agent (USA/Anguilla)

12-1:30pm Maverick Luncheon Presentation – Topic: So You Want to be a Bestselling Author? The Real Deal
Keynote speaker: Terry McMillan, Author (U.S.A)
Special Guests: The Students and Teachers of the ALHCS

3-4pm Creative Writers’ Workshop – Topic: From Inspiration to Publication
Presenter: Randall Robinson
Guest appearance: Terry McMillan
Special Guests: The Students and Teachers of the ALHCS

7:30 pm A Celebration of the Anguillan Arts: featuring salon-style readings, musical performances & art displays

Saturday, May 26, 2012
8-9:30 am Rise & Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove – Topic: Voices
Featured speakers: Crystal McCary (USA) Marie-Elena John (Antigua/USA), Dwayne Adams (Anguilla), Patricia Adams (Anguilla)
Coffee Break Sponsored by Coral Reef Bookstore
10-11:45am Master Class – Topic: Honing Your Gift

Keynote Speaker: Terry McMillan

12-1:30pm Thought Leaders’ Luncheon -Topic: We Are One: Writing About the Diaspora
Keynote Speaker: Randall Robinson

2-4:30 pm Opportunity to experience the Valley Street Festival
Feature: A Literary Jollification Drum Circle
6:30pm Presentation – Topic: Discover Anguilla at Davida’s Restaurant

Keynote Speaker:David Carty, Author, Producer, Nuttin Bafflin (Anguilla)

7:30 pm A Taste of Anguilla
9 pm-Onward Experience Anguilla After Dark (Optional)

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Breakfast at leisure
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Opportunity to craft your personal Anguilla Experience: Spa, Arts, Shopping, Golf, Tennis, Island Tour (sign-up for optional packages – additional costs apply)

12:15 pm Transfer to Sandy Ground. Lunch @ Johnno’s Beach Stop featuring Live Jazz OR Sandy Island, a quintessential Robinson Crusoe-like offshore cay (sign-up for optional packages (additional costs apply)

4:30 pm Return to Host hotels.
Afternoon and Evening at leisure.

Monday, May 28, 2012 – Departures

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