This Memorial Day weekend, travelers can enjoy a relaxing warm-weather getaway and stimulate the mind during the third annual “Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification” from May 22 – 25. Honoring the literary heritage of Anguilla, the three-day event, brings together an accomplished list of celebrity authors and speakers with book lovers and literary connoisseurs to celebrate and explore the creative process. With special room rates currently being offered by participating hotels, including host property Paradise Cove, now is the time to book and finalize travel plans to attend this annual event.
Featured speakers for this year’s event include authors, poets and publishers from a variety of fields, including award-winning author Bernice L. McFadden; author, philanthropist and Essence magazine co-founder, Edward Lewis; actor and celebrity author, Blair Underwood; Editor-in-Chief of Salon.com, David Daley; Senior Publicity Manager of Atria Books/Simon & Shuster, Yona Deshommes; as well as author, coach and father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams. A number of Anguilla’s leading literary giants will also be featured at this year’s Lit Fest, including noted author, poet and historian, Colville Petty; award-winning playwright and dramatist, Felix Fleming and Anguillian poet, author and cultural biographer, Ijahnyah Christian. The festival will also highlight the contributions of Anguillian-born author Robert Athlyi Rogers, whose book “The Holy Piby” is considered one of the most influential works in the Rastafari movement.
The festival’s program includes a welcome cocktail party, breakfast and lunch presentations, seminars, writing workshops, and fun-filled evening soirees. For those looking to explore the destination, the schedule also includes “a day of leisure,” allowing participants to experience all that Anguilla has to offer, from its 33 white-powder beaches and inviting crystal-blue waters to its burgeoning culinary scene, featuring more than 100 restaurants and a variety of eclectic cuisines.
With the addition of direct flights into Anguilla from San Juan provided by Anguilla Air Express, Cape Air and Tradewinds Aviation; along with connecting services into St Maarten from San Juan via Seaborne Airlines; six-minute commuter flights from St Maarten to Anguilla via Anguilla Air Services, TransAnguilla Airways and Winair; and regular, charter and late-night ferry services out of St. Maarten, visitors are provided with more travel options to visit and participate in this annual event. These services complement the regularly-scheduled flights to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport(SXM) by major North American airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada, Air Transat, West Jet and Sunwing.