PHILIPSBURG–Local authors Ralph Cantave and Joseph H. Lake Jr along with UK author Jacky Rom will be guest authors at the first Engage in Literature Read-a-thon Fundraiser next week Saturday.
No stranger to St. Maarten/St. Martin’s literary world, author and political scientist Lake has been known for his work as a journalist, newspaper editor and publisher for more than three decades. Lake founded Windward Islands Newsday in 1976 and the tourism magazine Welkom/Bienvenue in the early 1990s.
“His literary contributions to the country are profound and we are elated to have him be part of this event,” stated the foundation in a press release on Wednesday. Lake’s works include; The Republic of St. Martin, Friendly Anger – The Rise of the Labor Movement in St. Martin, and Six 4 Nine – Country Sint Maarten/Collectivité Saint-Martin. His most recent, the 2017 title Pen on Paper, is a collection of commentaries, news articles and editorials penned by Lake or attributed to him between 1970 and 2001.
Joining Lake is author, drama teacher, producer and playwright Rom. She wrote her first play at age 17 and has written and directed many others over the years. She wrote her first book, The Missing Extra, in 2008. This vision turned into a series of five books about The Adventures of Starr, an 11-year-old detective, many of which were written while in St. Martin.
Other publications include the Momo’s Adventures series and the adult crime novels The Sandra Bernstein Chronicles; From Makeup to Murder and From Villany to Vegas.
Completing the trio of guest writers is Cantave, a student at University of St. Martin, radio host, and youth ambassador. He is the author of Words of Change, Voices from Soualigan Soil and 21 & Savage. Most of his writings reflect politics, history, culture and social issues.
He has given several lectures and speeches at various schools and organisations and has represented St. Maarten in various capacities abroad. He received the President of Parliament Award in 2015 for his volunteerism and contributions to the island’s social development.
All authors will be available for book signings at the Read-a-thon benefiting Philipsburg Jubilee Library at Coffee Lounge on Front Street on Saturday December 9. To register for the Read-a-thon or for more information Engage can be contacted via e-mail at