Press Release: Antigua and Barbudan Author Featured at the 10th Anniversary Brooklyn Book Festival

Issued by Musical Youth publisher CaribbeanReads Publishing:

September 10, 2015

The organisers of the Brooklyn Book Festival brooklyn book fest logohave released their list of participating authors for their tenth anniversary festival and award winning Antigua and Barubudan author, is among the authors who will be presenting. The festival, which is the largest free literary event in New York City and one of America’s premier book festivals, will take place the week of September 14-21, 2015. The festival is expected to attract thousands of book lovers.

Hillhouse, the author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Oh Gad!, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Fish Outta Water, will be speaking about her latest book, Musical Youth , a music-laced, coming-of-age love story set in Antigua which won the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. In her panel entitled ‘Confronting Tomorrow. At the intersection of youth and adulthood, three young protagonists and their friends and families confront realities that change their lives’, Hillhouse will talk about her main characters, Zahara and Shaka and how they address the issues of class, colour, and relationships.

Musical Youth, cover art by Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron.

Musical Youth, cover art by Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron.

When contacted for comment, Hillhouse said, “I look forward to introducing the Musical Youth characters to a wider readership, and being a part of a discussion about how young people are transformed during that pivotal time in their life, speaking alongside authors of contemporary young adult fiction, my co-panelists Tanwi Nandini Islam (author of Bright Lines), and Matthew McGevna (author of Little Beasts). As a fan of so many of the authors who’ll be there, I am thrilled to be included among them. As I have done already this year at festivals in St. Croix, Anguilla, and St. Martin, I embrace the opportunity to continue to share the Antigua and Barbuda literary arts scene with the community of readers beyond our shores. The writing life can be bumpy but as a girl from Ottos, Antigua, I remain excited and humbled by the journey, and thankful for whatever opportunities come my way.”

Hillhouse will be appearing among an impressive list of authors including Caribbean authors such as Marlon James, Edwidge Danticat, and Tracey Baptiste.

3 thoughts on “Press Release: Antigua and Barbudan Author Featured at the 10th Anniversary Brooklyn Book Festival

  1. Congratulations. Joann. May God continue to bless you. Look forward to seeing you next year at our 30th anniversary celebrations. Plan your writing workshop for young people. Will keep you posted.

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