Antigua & Barbuda Literary Festival 2008 – Was a Blast

The Literary CrewI have never attended an event that was more personally fulfilling and fun in my entire life! Participants which included authors like; Antiguan phenom Marie Elena John, Eric Jerome Dickey, Esmeralda Santiago, Elizabeth Nunez, Mary D. Morrison, Tina McElroy Ansa, Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due; industry professional including; Carol Mackey (Editor-In-Chief Black Expression Book Club), Ron Kavanaugh (, Linda Duggins (Direct of multicultural publicity at Hachette Book Group), and actor/authors like; Victoria Rowell and Roscoe Orman (Gordon from Sesame Street), and too many more great folks to mention (Click for full list of participants)

Virtually everyone, friendly, engaging and helpful. It really was a terrific experience. I had a similar reaction to the National Book Club Conference, but this event exceeded even that incredible experience. I’m sure the beautiful island, perfect weather and low pressure environment – had something to do with it.

Image having stimulating conversations with smart, passionate people from all over the world. The experience was sublime. On top of that we had the privilege (really honor) of participating in workshops, panel discussions, readings, school visits and one on one conversations with attendees mostly from Antigua – though anyone interested in writing or publishing would have benefited.

While we were the Prime Minister of Antigua, Honourable Winston Baldwin Spencer, addressed us:

Prime Minister of Antigua, Honourable Winston Baldwin Spencer
Spencer announced that Antigua’s Highest mountain will be renamed Mount Obama.

Look out for next year’s festival — it is sure to be better than ever!


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