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Winners of Caribbean literary prize tour region

The trinidad Guardian / Tamika Gibson (Dreams Beyond the Shore), Danielle YC McClean (The Protector’s Pledge), Florenz Webbe Maxwell (Girlcott), and Imam Baksh (Children of the Spider) are all winners of the annual, much coveted Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the Canadian literary development agency Code and managed by the Bocas Lit Fest in T&T.

In a bid to actively engage young readers, the writer-two Trinidadians, a Guyanese and a Bermudian-will spend five days, November 9-13, visiting secondary schools in East and South Trinidad, as well as public libraries in Arima, Pt Fortin and Scarborough, a release said.

In addition, on November 11 from 4 pm to 6 pm all four authors will be reading from their book and signing copies at the West Mall branch of Nigel R Khan Bookseller.

And on Sunday, they will feature in Raise the Bar, a youth spoken word showcase at the Government Campus Plaza auditorium on Wrightson Road.

This event will also launch Code’s Read with Me social media campaign in which inspirational figures and local celebrities act as Reading Champions and post their own stories using the hashtag #readwithme to make reading feel relevant and exciting to youth.

“The tour focuses on bringing the authors into personal contact with readers aged 12-18 who need encouragement and support to discover the lasting joy of reading, and during the tour hundreds of copies of the winning titles will be given out. Those books will also help teachers and parents with some of the best reading material that resonates with our young readers, which is why the Burt Award is so important”, says Marina Salandy-Brown, founder of the Bocas Lit Fest.

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See www.bocaslitfest.com for the full schedule of events in CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature winning authors tour and to learn more about the new Read with Me campaign.

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