The Queens Book Fair and Literary Festival – Queens NY. – June 24. 2018

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  • dhanpaul narine  On 06/18/2018 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks Cyril, we will be reading the works of 35 authors in Richmond Hill this Sunday. There will be poetry, essays, and speeches from our youths, and also the showing of a docu-drama. Thus is a first for Queens and the immigrant community.

  • Ramesh Gampat  On 06/19/2018 at 7:13 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    This is brilliant. Kudos to the organizers.

    I notice what appears to be a tiny error: “188 anniversary of East Indian indentureship.” Since the first batch came (to British Guiana) in 1838, something seems amiss. 2018 – 1838 = 180.

    Keep the good work up.



  • dhanpaul narine  On 06/19/2018 at 9:10 am

    Thanks Ramesh, the indentureship system started earlier in Mauritius. But for Guyana it is 180 years. Hopefully, you will be there and you will kindly agree to display your books at our next event. You are a great thinker and scholar in your on right. All the best.

    • Ron Saywack  On 06/23/2018 at 4:37 pm

      “Thanks, Ramesh, the indentureship system started earlier in Mauritius.” Dr. Narine.

      That is correct, Dr. Narine. The first attempt to import Indian indentured laborers into Mauritius, in 1929, ended in failure.

      But the first batch of indentured workers (39) arrived in earnest on the island, from South India, on 1 August 1834 when the slave ship Sarah anchored at the depot at Port Louis (the capital city) – almost 184 years ago.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 06/19/2018 at 1:17 pm

    So sorry I can’t be present 😦

  • dhanpaul narine  On 06/23/2018 at 10:37 am

    The event is tomorrow. I am pleased to say that we have received a letter from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, congratulating the organizers for the Book Fair.

    • Emanuel  On 06/23/2018 at 3:52 pm

      What are the objectives of this book fair? And what do you hope to accomplish?

  • dhanpaul narine  On 06/24/2018 at 12:03 am

    There are 3 objectives that we will try to accomplish as follows:
    1. We will bring writers from different genres, and from different countries, together for the first time in Richmond Hill. They will meet with each other, and the community, and will share their work. Our young people will be there with their parents and with teachers and school principals to reinforce the importance of literacy.
    2. After the writers have read their work and have answered questions from the students, and parents, we will move to the Literary Section of the program. Here, students will read poems, speeches, and will perform culturally.
    Many of the students are drawn from the public schools in Queens and have invited their teachers and principals to view their performances. Some of their presentations deal with living in NY from immigrant parents, current affairs, the relevance of Martin Luther King today and the poems of Langston Hughes, Tagore etc. There will be poems and readings from16 countries. We may be different but there are common themes such as love and survival. An item will also highlight the spoken word that fuses speeches with music.
    We will again reinforce the importance of reading and literacy during these performances. There are, as you can see from the flyer, 5 distinguished writers that are no longer with us. Students will read excerpts from their works as a tribute and to acquaint themselves and the wider community with these writers.
    3. The final part of the program deals with a documentary ‘Echos from the Plantation’ that was made by Kishore Sieunarine to show the hardships the first batch of East Indians faced when they left Calcutta for British Guiana in 1838. It shows that we have more in common with each other in Guyana than we have differences.
    Hopefully, this has cleared the air. Thank you.

  • dhanpaul narine  On 06/24/2018 at 12:13 am

    4. There is also another objective. At the end of the Book Fair we will continue to communicate with the writers and create a ‘community of authors.’ The idea is to keep in touch, but also for these authors to offer advice and help to would-be writers that might be thinking of writing their own books.
    We plan to work closely with the schools in the area to help implement literacy programs and to pull students for the next Fair. The theme will be ‘Literacy is the way forward.’

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