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The 2017 Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair will open today and run through April 22. It will honor its founder, Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson, as part of its 3rd annual event. Dr. Jones-Hendrickson, a former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of the Virgin Islands, is being recognized for his vision in launching the festival on St. Croix, setting the foundation for making it a premiere annual event, drawing local, regional and national audiences. The festival will also pay tribute to Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott, who is also a member The Caribbean Writer’s editorial advisory board.
Full admission to the fair is $150, which includes the opening reception and ‘meet and greet’ with the writers, the Book Bacchanal in Frederiksted, as well as admission to all workshops and presentations. Day passes or single workshop passes are also available at $50 and $20, respectively. Discounted fares are offered to teachers, and exhibition booths for the Book Fair are $50. Interested persons may register and pay online.