Unlike Dr. Reynolds’ first novel which was set largely in Castries, the northern city and capital of St. Lucia, The Stall Keeper is set in the author’s hometown of Vieux Fort, the southernmost part of the island, and employs the American World War II occupation of the town as backdrop.
The Stall Keeper has already garnered much praise. For example, Allan Weekes, author of Talk of the Devil, said: “The Stall Keeper is a compelling story of provincial bigotry, coming of age, religious experience and rivalry, faith, fanaticism, the supernatural, frustrated love, and the repression of intelligence and ambition, played against the beautiful wide open spaces and relics of post American World War II occupied Vieux Fort.
And Dr. Jolien Harmsen, author of Rum Justice, A History of St. Lucia, and Sugar, Slavery and Settlement: a social history of Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, from the Amerindians to the present, said: “The Stall keeper is a wonderful journey down memory lane for anyone who has breathed the salty sea-breeze of Vieux Fort in the middle and late 20th century… It’s a wry book; a story that sticks in the mind.”
Dr. Reynolds has emerged as one of the country’s most important and prolific writers. His previous two books were not only national best sellers but also literary award winners. An earlier unpublished version of The Stall Keeper was also the winner of a literary prize. His feature articles in the Jako Magazine and St. Lucian newspapers have won him two awards for creative journalism, and his journalistic pieces on his hometown of Vieux Fort have established him as a foremost authority on the town’s socioeconomic history.
The Vieux Fort Community will be hosting the official launching of The Stall Keeper at 4PM on Sunday 2 April at a venue to be decided. The event is free and open to the public, and besides book reading and signing by the author, it will pay tribute to the late Emmanuel “Bugs” O’Brien and Sir Derek Walcott, and will feature poetry, dance, music, folk drumming, a dramatization of a scene from The Stall Keeper, and a short video of the growing body of Vieux Fort Literature.
The Stall Keeper is all of 280 pages and has a list price of US$24.95, but is being sold in St. Lucia at EC$60.00, and at the launch it will be offered at a special discount price. The book is available online at:
http://www.seattlebookcompany.com/the-stall-keeper/, and in St. Lucia it is now available in Vieux Fort at: T&M Toy Stationary, JQ Plaza; in Castries at: Book Salon, Laborie Street; and in Rodney Bay at: Le Cadeau, JQ Mall.
Looking forward to seeing you at the launch; meantime attached is the press release for the publication of The Stall Keeper and an accompanying press pack. Please share. For more information on The Stall Keeper, Jako Productions and Anderson Reynolds, please visit: www.jakoproductions.com, https://www.facebook.com/jakoproductions, https://www.facebook.com/jakobooks/, and https://www.facebook.com/LucianCulture/