Cayman Islands Book Fair…Best Day Ever…
I am not much of a SpongeBob fan, but I can hear him in my head singing his song “It’s the best day ever…” Today definitely felt like one of those days. A day filled with moments of pride and joy. I’ll take you on a step by step journey in this blog so you can see what caused me to have such a wonderful day.
The day started off well with me first getting to the Cayman Islands Book Fair location on time, and set up my table display area in good time. Next thing I see it’s a camera man waiting to take my photo. How delightful I thought. I had just put my “Let My Soul Bare” poster up, so I stood next to it and took my photo. I was quite pleased.
Then before I had even a moment to be bored, a lovely pastor says hello, and he happens to be a pastor as well. We get down to chatting for quite some time as we await the official commencement of the day’s events. I am intrigued with his story of travels, wedding planning events of the past, writing on the plane and all the prayers he wrote and published, and the many stories he managed to create but unfortunately never got the chance to record. I found it quite fascinating.
Within minutes I realise I am seated next to the owner of a brand new publishing company on the island. This gets me quite excited because I recall when I first moved to Grand Cayman I was not even aware of there being a publishing company at all, besides the company that publishes the Yellow Pages and magazines. And now this was a second publishing company. It caused me to imagine what the near future could look like, maybe two years or so from now, all the magic happening for authors in the Cayman Islands, with two publishing companies on board. The new publishing company is introducing “Japanese manga” to publishing in Cayman. I had never even heard the term before, but it sounds quite exciting.
While the authors and media people were busy getting settled, over in a nearby room we had children meeting with Santa Claus and getting lots of goodies. We had a master of ceremonies in the house and he announced prize winnings. It was such a pleasure seeing all the children running up to collect their gift wrapped presents and there were prizes for the adults as well. It truly was a fun and magical moment.
I met up with my good friend and fellow author Karolyn, who was so kind and thoughtful to have us take some photos together. I had not seen her in several weeks so it was quite a joy to see her and especially on such an occasion where we both got the chance to promote and celebrate our published works.
Major surprise number two was when I was asked if I was ready to do an interview, and I realized I was looking into a video camera. That was an amazing experience getting to speak about my writing and my books on camera and knowing the possibility of having the video publicly shared.
I had the privilege of listening to beautiful sounds of musicians playing and poets reciting their poetry. I had not expected that at all, and it added positively to the book fair. In the previous year’s book fair we didn’t have that level of diversity. It was quite a thrill.
I had the further privilege of listening to other authors read their work, and they in turn got to listen to my reading. It was a profound feeling standing there sharing the memory of my dear great-grandmother who left this earth several years ago, speaking of the influence she had on me. That was a true experience that I had incorporated into my autobiographical novel Let My Soul Bare.
We ended the event by saying well deserved Thank You to the host and founder of the event, and also to the director of the library, where the event was held. All’s well that ends well. Truly, the event was a success and it ended well. I left with a little extra money in my pocket, and you know that is always a good thing, a good feeling. I managed to sell three copies of my books and I am quite happy about that. I received one free copy from the lovely pastor, and I supported one of my fellow authors as well.
On the drive home I noticed a clothing sale, so I stopped briefly and got myself just a few items, and they look great on me, if I may say so myself :-)).
It was a lovely day. I don’t get to say that every day, so whenever I do get to experience these moments of happiness, especially when the feeling lasts an entire day, I must say I am truly grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.