Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora will celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. This is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 by the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, who urge us to “Celebrate the day by reading the works of your favourite Caribbean authors; buying Caribbean books, published in the Caribbean and beyond, and by Caribbean authors; and presenting Caribbean books as gifts. Celebrate the day with books, recitals, and with discussions about books, of poetry, fiction, drama, art, music, and all the other genres by Caribbean writers.”
In Trinidad and Tobago, the Bocas Lit Fest will mark Caribbean Literature Day with a series of online events, accessible to all. These include the latest instalments of the popular Stand and Deliver virtual open mic, where writers at all levels can share their work; the premiere of a new Pavement Poets video, featuring talented young spoken word performers; and a special edition of the interactive BYOBB (Bring Your Own Book and Bottle) series, where readers can join in a wide-ranging and informal conversation via Zoom.
CARIBBEAN LITERATURE DATE EVENTS
1pm – Stand & Deliver Lunchtime Jam
3pm – Pavement Poets
5pm – Let’s Talk Caribbean! – A BYOBB & 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us FB Live Chat, featuring authors Philip Nanton & Shara McCallum with Caribbean readers and book enthusiasts.
6:30pm – Stand & Deliver