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2019 Anguilla Lit Fest: Authors to Look Out For

by Stephanie Koathes May 13, 2019

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Books in a pile representing the Anguilla Lit Fest. The Anguilla Lit Fest is a mainstay on the Caribbean calendar of literary events. Over the years the festival has brought many incredible authors, poets, journalists, and bloggers to Anguilla’s shores. The 2019 roster of attendees carries on the tradition of quality.

With some big names set to present, here are five of the amazing authors at this year’s Anguilla Lit Fest that you should look out for.

Author: Alice Walker

Work you may know: The Color Purple

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is on university literature reading lists around the world. Throughout her celebrated career, she has produced novels, collections of short stories, children’s books, essays and poetry.  Over 15 million copies of her books have been sold in more than 24 languages. In 1983, she won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She became one of the first members of the California Hall of Fame in 2006.  The 2016 Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction  and the 2019 Women in Power sit among her many accolades.

Author: Denene Millner

Work you may know: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (co-authored with Steve Harvey)

This former editor of Parenting magazine has written 28 books including Around the Way Girl, a memoir with actress Taraji P. Henson. Her novel, The Vow, is the inspiration for the Lifetime movie With This Ring. Millner is a New York Times best-seller and an award-winning journalist.

Author: Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Work you may know: Essence magazine

Stephanie Stokes Oliver once helmed the prominent American black magazine, Essence, as editor. She is the head of the international consulting firm, SSO Media, which deals with book, magazine, and digital publishing. At the Anguilla Lit Fest, Stokes Oliver is set to present her newest non-fiction anthology, Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing.

Author: Sadeqa Johnson

Work you may know: Love in a Carry-on Bag

Before picking up the pen herself, Johnson worked behind the scenes with established authors such as Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, and Bishop TD Jakes. Her entry into the publishing world as a novelist was a success. Love in a Carry-on Bag, her debut novel, won the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction.

Author: Jason Reynolds

Work you may know: Ghost (Track series)

Ghost, the first instalment in Jason Reynold’s New York Times best-selling Track series, was a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. The novel was also nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Reynold’s has also earned a prestigious Kirkus award for young reader’s literature in 2016 and an NAACP Image award in 2017.

These are just a few out the outstanding presenters that will be taking the stage for the 2019 Anguilla Lit Fest. For more information on presenters, events, tickets and locations, visit the official website of the festival.