I’m back in the swing of things after an amazing trip to Trinidad. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to do much writing. I hope to finish a series of posts on the festival this weekend, but I don’t want to leave you hanging until next week!
Attending the Trinidad and Tobago Literary Festival makes my list of best decisions ever. I’ve been to several book festivals stateside, but this book festival was is my favorite. Here’s why:
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- The authors are accessible. This is the festival’s fifth year. So it’s still relatively new and small. Plus the venue is set up so that all events are in close proximity. It seemed as if there were as many authors as there were attendees! Look to your left or right at any given moment, and your favorite author might be standing beside you!
- The readings are dynamic. This wasn’t a festival where you listen to an author read from their book and then listen to them talk about it for thirty minutes. Many of the readings were done as sessions. The sessions had intriguing, creative, and cerebral topics directly related to the genre of the authors’ books.
- Literature lovers can unite. As mentioned above, the conference was small. So not only was it easy to interact with the authors, it was easy to interact with other literature lovers. I met two attendees that were there from New York and I plan to reconnect with them at the Brooklyn and/or Harlem Book Festivals!
|Many thanks to Robert for showing us around Trinidad!|
You may remember I attended the festival with Jacqueline. Well, she went for a walk one morning and met Robert, a Trinidadian. Robert volunteered to drive us all over Trinidad. I asked him about Blanchisseuse, one of Trinidad’s villages. It sparked a conversation that eventually led him to say, “Oh, you know the place?” To which I replied, “No, I’ve just read about it.” Ha! It's true. I had never been to Trinidad. I'd only read about it in Lauren Francis Sharma’s Til the Well Run’s Dry! Reading truly does take you places; believe it!
|Yours truly with Prince and Jacqueline|
I'll be posting about the festival next week. If there are any question you want me to answer, drop them in the comments below!