Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin by Rhoda Arrindell is the main book launched on Saturday at St. Martin Book Fair

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Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin by Rhoda Arrindell is the main book launched on Saturday at St. Martin Book Fair

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT, St. Martin (June 6, 2014)—Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin by Rhoda Arrindell is the featured book of the main book launch and closing ceremony of the 12th annual St. Martin Book Fair, Saturday, June 7, at 8 PM, Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

The first-of-its-kind book for the island, introduces St. Martin in a scientific way to the region’s dynamic language, ethnic, and culture studies. In fact, “Arrindell’s research is a unique groundbreaking work,” said Dr. Alma Simounet, a linguist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

The guest speaker at the book party will be Dr. Garrett Hongo, an outstanding poet, distinguished professor, and Pulitzer Prize finalist from the USA. “Professor Hongo’s interpretation is expected to set the bar high for the various ways we can look at this new study of how St. Martiners view their own identity, and what various immigrant groups think about the St. Martin way of speaking,” said Sample.

The book is based on Arrindell’s original research for her PhD, which she obtained in 2011. Arrindell also develops on the early language studies of Daniella Jeffry, Mario Brown, and Linda Richardson

According to HNP, publisher of the new title, “Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin is intended to contribute to the language education discourse and provide some insight into how language and culture affect and are affected by identity in St. Martin. … Furthermore, the book could serve to provide a knowledge base from which the analysis of cultural, identity, and educational issues confronting the South and North of this Caribbean island can be made and understood.”

Rhoda Arrindell is a leading linguistic in St. Martin. She holds a pre-law diploma from the University of the Netherlands Antilles and served as the first Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, and Youth Affairs in Philipsburg (October 2010 – May 2012).

The former head of the Humanities Division of the University of St. Martin was also an instructor of English and literature. Arrindell has co-authored chapters in Agency in the Emergence of Creole Languages edited by Dr. Nicholas Faraclas and is the editor of  Brother Rich …, Creative Writing in St. Martin.

Arrindell has presented scholarly papers on linguistics and St. Martin literature at various regional and international conferences, said Sample. The mother of two is the founder of the United Volleyball Club Foundation.

Fashion model Katty Garcia will guide the book party/closing ceremony program that will also feature poetry by Raymond Helligar and the presentation of the annual Presidents Award by the book fair. Entrance to the book party and closing ceremony is free to all and refreshments will be served. “We’ll have copies of Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin on hand for our guests,” said Sample.

Preview copies of Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin are already at Van Dorp, SPDbooks.org, and Amazon.com, said Sample.

Conscious Lyrics Foundation and HNP are the organizers of the 12th edition of the St. Martin Book Fair, in collaboration with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, University of St. Martin, LCF Foundation, and St. Martin Tourist Office. The SXM Airport, SOS Radio, and SDL Heavy Equipment are sponsors of the St. Martin Book Fair 2014. For the full program of the Book Fair, see http://sxmislandtime.com/front-page-headliners/28709-st-martin-book-fair-program. The theme of the 2014 festival is “Crime&Punishment.”

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