by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The publishing industry is currently facing upheavals because of the digital transformation of the traditional medium, which was compounded by COVID-19 when revenues fell, amplifying the vulnerability of authors and booksellers, like other creative professionals across the value chain according to Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.
The Director-General made those remarks in her statement commemorating World Book and Copyright Day on Saturday, April 23.
Dorothy Warner, Secretary-General for the St. Kitts Nevis National Commission for UNESCO, presented the full remarks by the Director-General in an address.
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On the local front, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) will, on Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m., host its 2nd Author Forum, “In Celebration of Books”, paying tribute to books, authors, reading and writing.
A “Mini Book Fair” where patrons can meet authors and speak to them about their work will be hosted before the forum from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The inaugural Author’s Forum was in 2019 but was paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary-General Warner shared who the featured author would be for the second edition of the event.
“Four authors will be featured: Dr Joycelyn Archibald Pennyfeather, Mr. Glenroy Blanchette, Ms. Ana E Ross and Ms. Jennifer Dunn. They will be in an authors roundtable with moderator/writer Peter Adrian.”
Some local authors featured in the first forum were Dr. Leighton Naraine, Dr. Ricardo Neil, Stuart Laplace and Peter Adrien.