Barbadian author donates books to number of St. Martin institutions

The author Cynthia Wilson, a new entrant to Barbadian literary culture, presented copies of her short stories collection, Same Sea … Another Wave, to seven St. Martin institutions, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Same Sea recipients are the St. Martin’s Home and Bethany Home, both facilities for the elderly, the House of Detention library, Save Haven shelter for battered women, Turning Point foundation for drug rehabilitation, Belvedere Community Center, and Ujima Foundation for at-risk boys.

St. Martin’s Home manager MacFolda Gumbs (center) receiving copies of Same Sea … Another Wave from HNP’s senior editor Rhoda Arrindell, while HNP’s book launch committee member Sorellis Peters holds the additional gift publications, including the music CD Fête by Tanny & The Boys. (Saltwater Collection photo)

St. Martin’s Home manager MacFolda Gumbs (center) receiving copies of Same Sea … Another Wave from HNP’s senior editor Rhoda Arrindell, while HNP’s book launch committee member Sorellis Peters holds the additional gift publications, including the music CD Fête by Tanny & The Boys. (Saltwater Collection photo)

We thank Mrs. Wilson for her generosity, compassion, and cultural exchange gifts. Many of her stories in Same Sea will resonate with the elderly and the young because of what is unique to each island and what is wonderfully similar in Caribbean culture,” said Sample.

The gift pack of books, which includes titles contributed by the publisher, was organized by HNP as part of its reading and writing promotions and encouragement of people to publish their own stories in book form.

Same Sea (HNP, 2001) is the first book by Wilson, who lives in Barbados. The Same Sea presentation was made at the St. Martin’s Home by HNP on behalf of Mrs. Wilson.

The other book packs were mailed to the various institutions. St. Martin’s Home manager MacFolda Gumbs said that she was happy to receive the books and that volunteers will read from them to the clients of the home.

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