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The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) will present a free book signing and opportunity to meet Virgin Islands author Tiphanie Yanique on Friday, August 8 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at the VICA building (across from Fort Christian).
A major debut from an award winning writer - an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.
In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from the Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012, and the new novel Land of Love and Drowning, published by Riverhead/Penguin in July 2014. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to Watch Out For in 2014. She has been featured in O: Oprah Magazine, has written for the Wall Street Journal and is the winner of many prizes including the Pushcart Prize. Tiphanie is from Round da Field and is a graduate of All Saints Cathedral School and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra.
The Day Care Literacy Project would like to share gratitude for some recent gifts that help to keep the program going strong and issue a call for volunteers for this very popular initiative!
A special thank you to Sandra Tudos for her donation to the Day Care Literacy project to replace worn out books. The Project now has almost 500 books thanks to caring people like Sandra, the St. Thomas Rotary East, and other supporters!
At this time more volunteers are needed - you may work with a center near your home or job.
The Day Care Literacy Project was started in 2004 with monies donated by Penny and Henry Fuerzeig, who are committed to the concept that most of what children learn is learned before they are four years old. They are supporting programs that make that period of a child's development as rich and stimulating as possible. Volunteers take packets of books to a day care center and read at least two books to the children, emphasizing child participation, verbalization and dramatic reading. The first goal, of course, is to engage the children and make books interesting and exciting. The secondary goal is to model for the teachers so they too can involve the children with books.
In April 2014, Rotary Club of St. Thomas East presented founder Carol Lotz-Feliz with a $250.00 donation to replenish lost books for the Day Care literacy program.
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