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Costa Rican Quince Duncan Receives President's Award at St. Martin Book Fair

Quince Duncan & l-r Shujah Reiph Rhoda Arrindel ShenziRa Kahina Valeria Grinberg

Costa Rican author Dr. Quince Duncan, who is regarded as the country’s first Afro-Caribbean writer in Spanish, earned the President’s Awards at the 2016 St. Martin Book Fair. The award was presented at the closing ceremony for the 14th edition of the festival.

“The Presidents Award is presented to persons and institutions, in some instances pioneers, whose work is noted for its excellence and for combining literary, cultural, and liberation components in the service of the progress of their people or nation, and of humanity,” said Lasana M. Sekou, co-founder of the St. Martin Book Fair.

“It is exactly for his ongoing literary, cultural studies, and human rights work that Dr. Quince Duncan was presented with the Presidents Award,” said Sekou, explaining that Duncan was being recognized for his scholarly and organizational work on human rights and ethno-racial relations. 

Duncan has authored and co-authored over 40 books. His novels and short stories have been awarded Costa Rica’s National Literature Prize (Premio Nacional de Literatura) and Premio Editorial Costa Rica. His works typically concern the Afro-Caribbean population living on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, particularly around the city of Puerto Limón.

Duncan’s novel A Message from Rosa is available in English. It is one of his four bilingual titles (English, Spanish, and/or French). Professor Duncan has taught English, Literature, and Latin American Studies at the National University, Costa Rica, and at the University of Alabama, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Purdue University.

The St. Martin Book Fair 2016 took place June 2-4. It included the screening of Poetry is an Island as well as appearances by Jean Breeze, Nalo Hopkinson, Lysanne Charles Arrindell and Yvonne Denis-Rosario.