Dame Alice Walker to Headline Anguilla Lit Fest 2019

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The Anguilla Tourist Board has announced a line-up of international artists scheduled to appear at the eighth annual Anguilla Lit Fest, taking place May 16 to 19 at Paradise Cove Resort, Anguilla

Hosted by the Anguilla Literary Foundation under the theme Books, Beaches & A Better You, this Literary Jollification features readings, workshops and cultural performances.

In her first appearance at Lit Fest, novelist, essayist, poet and activist, Dame Alice Walker will explore the themes of feminism, sexuality, identity and spirituality in her writing and lived experience. 

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Dame Alice Walker 

Author/poet Jason Reynolds will also be featured in the two-day literary limelight. Reynolds enjoys a special appeal for those in their teens and twenties as well as for the young at heart.

This year, the Anguilla Lit Fest also welcomes an inspiring cornucopia of Social Media Influencers and Speakers, including husband and wife team Tony A Junior and Sheri Gaskins, who will present Make it Work, 22 Time Tested Real Life Lessons for Sustaining a Happy Healthy Relationship (2019). Tony is a highly regarded life coach, author and motivational speaker who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and TBN’s 700 Club.

Additional authors include: Patricia Marie "Pat" Cummings, writer and illustrator of over 30 books for children; Ira Sumner Simmonds, a native of St Kitts who has written From Siberia to St Kitts: A Teacher’s Journey; and Stephanie Stokes Oliver, author, editor and member of the Anguilla Literary Foundation, introducing her anthology Black Ink, and individuals in the publishing world such as Dawn Davis Publisher and Vice President of 37 INK, and Yona Des Hommes Associate Director of Publicity for Atria Books.

The 2019 Anguilla Litfest: A Literary Jollification is an opportunity to meet authors, attend book signings and writing workshops. Special vacation packages for the event will be offered by several of Anguilla’s leading properties, including the host venue, Paradise Cove Resort, and sponsor hotel, The Reef by CuisinArt.

In other Anguilla news, January was the destination's best tourism month ever. Development exceeded the Anguilla Tourism Board's 20 percent growth target.

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