GREAT BAY, St. Martin (May 21, 2019)—“I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language,” said acclaimed USA author Alice Walker to Vincentian writer N.C. Marks about her new novel, Plastered in Pretty.
One of the world’s noted authors reading and commenting on the new book by a totally new novelist from the Caribbean? “Priceless. Graciously generous comments from a revolutionary writer,” said Lasana M. Sekou, project director at HNP, the book’s publisher.
The writers met last weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet, Alice Walker, was the keynote speaker on May 18, at Paradise Cove Resort. N.C. Marks was a guest writer and panelist at the Lit Fest.
Marks and co-panelists Pat Cummings, Ira Simmonds, Sadeqa Johnson, and Denene Millner spoke on “How Stories Save Us – Why Stories Matter, and How to Tell Them.”
Marks is also slated for the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019, where her workshop is practically booked up already, said Shujah Reiph, coordinator of the St. Martin literary festival. Reiph was at the Anguilla Lit Fest as a guest panelist on “Publishing in the Post-Obama Era,” which was moderated by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, author, and a former Essence magazine editor.
“Plastered in Pretty is a dystopian tale. N.C. Marks activates, deactivates at will the Alice in Wonderland syndrome in a Caribbean paradise. Facebook and Instagram are virtual religious icons. A pyromaniac burns a new-born in the late night, office-bound civil servants chat only via WhatsApp, friends with benefits, “Persons with Pedigree,” flamboyant vagrants, a car accident victim in distress over her $1,000-hairpiece, a rapist landlord, a government minister’s “mysterious snake,” a church first lady protects her psychopathic son with hush money, and the willful but fragile protagonist is not yet among this list of characters! Vivid, with a disturbing accuracy of social media posts, and often funny.
N.C. Marks (Natasha C. Marks) is a writer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Marks holds an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of London and teaches geography at the St. Vincent Girls’ High School in her Caribbean homeland. Her previous publications are When Silence Speaks (2011) and Memoirs of a Teacher (2012). Marks’ writings have appeared in The Daily Herald, repeatingislands.com, and Moko – Caribbean Arts and Letters.” Source: (SPD) https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780997489590/plastered-in-pretty.aspx