Alice Walker headlines literary fest, Denene Millner, Glory Edim & others

8th annual Anguilla Lit Fest 2019 seeks to Inspire, Educate, Motivate and Uplift

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alice Walker

Legendary novelist, essayist, poet and activist, Alice Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Winning novel, The Colour Purple (1982), the critically acclaimed Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), and most recently a bilingual English/Spanish anthology of poetry Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018), will headline the annual ‘Literary Jollification’ in Anguilla exploring the themes of feminism, sexuality, identity and spirituality in her prolific writing and lived experience.

The Anguilla Literary Foundation has an impressive roster of international artists scheduled to appear at the Lit Fest, taking place May 16 to 19, at Paradise Cove Resort, Anguilla.

Jason Reynolds, photo credit: Ben Fractenberg

The festival also features author/poet Jason Reynolds whose young adult offerings appeal to teens as well as the young at heart. Reynolds’ first book of prose, When I Was The Greatest (2014) won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; his acclaim skyrocketed with his New York Times best-selling Track series, Ghost (2016), Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018).

This year, the Anguilla Lit Fest welcomes 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; Glory Edim, a literary advocate and founder of Well-

Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl, Founder

Read Black Girl a book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood and whose first anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, was published by Random House in 2018; Denene Millner co-writer with Steve Harvey of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Around the Way Girl, a memoir with actress Taraji P. Henson and founder of, and Editor of Denene Millner

Denene Millner

Books; Novelist and Motivational Speaker, Sadeqa Johnson, who worked with JK Rowling and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author of novels such as And Then There Was Me (2017) and Journalist/Blogger Sarah Greaves Gabbadon, better known as JetSetSarah, who posts on Caribbean destinations, food and shopping.

Other authors include: Patricia Marie “Pat” Cummings, esteemed 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,

Ira Sumner Simmonds

introducing her critically acclaimed anthology Black Ink and big hitters from the publishing world such as Dawn Davis publisher and vice president of 37 INK and Yona Des Hommes Associate Director of Publicity, Atria Books.

“This refreshing brew of outstanding writers and speakers combined with the captivating beauty of Anguilla’s beaches and the unique opportunity that Lit Fest provides to mix and mingle with like-minded people in a laid back yet luxurious holiday destination, is sure to be a tonic for anyone hoping to relax, rejuvenate or reinvent themselves,” Says Sherille Hughes, Chairman of the Anguilla Literary Foundation, “We can’t wait to welcome back old friends and meet new Lit Fest fans!’

The 2019 Anguilla Litfest: A Literary Jollification is described as an

Sadeqa Johnson

unrivalled opportunity for meeting authors, book signings, and writing workshops. The host venue is Paradise Cove Resort, and sponsor hotel, The Reef by CuisinArt.

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