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Mayaro Book Festival Celebrates Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

While prophets may rarely be celebrated in their homeland, it appears that authors can be. So the Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago is celebrating Michael Anthony’s prolific pen with the inaugural Michael Anthony/Mayaro Book Festival, a two day affair to take place in Anthony’s home county, Mayaro. 

With 50 years as a writer under his belt, Anthony, is easily among the twin republic’s most prolific writers. He has an impressive corpus of fiction which includes Caribbean classic novels The Games Were Coming, The Year in San Fernando, Green Days by the River and Cricket in the Road. Indeed, Anthony, who is credited with over 30 titles, including historical texts and collections of short stories, will be launching his latest work , The Lamp Lighter, during the festival (on February 9).

The Mayaro Book Festival, slated for February 8-9, 2014, will shine a light on the body of Anthony’s works through readings, performances, panel discussions and the culminating event a celebration of the author himself. The event will also feature workshops conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Nunez and Merle Hodge. Publishers and literary agents from the United States are also expected to be in attendance.

The Mayaro Book Festival will also include a street fair. Interestingly, the event comes not too long on the heels of the Writer’s Union’s sojourn to the 2013 Miami Book Fair, which has influenced the creation of the event, having spotlighted the need to ramp up targeted marketing efforts for the island’s literary output.

“Our recent foray at the Miami Book Fair International indicated that more marketing of local creative writing content is required to educate audiences about our content,”  explained Cecly Ann Mitchell, president of the Writers Union. 

“Dr. Anthony is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific writers,” Ms. Mitchell continued, “and  WUTT felt there is a need for an avenue to channel exclusive content from Trinidad and Tobago. Hence the participants in this fair will all be Trinidadian and Tobogonians who are returning to offer their services to the development of the craft here in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Michael Anthony/ Mayaro Book Festival will take place at the Mayaro Civic Centre.