PHILIPSBURG–pen on Paper: St. Martin 1970-2017 by Joseph H. Lake, Jr. was released by St. Martin Republic Publishers, just in time for presentation at this weekend’s Anguilla Literary Festival, and during a pre-St. Martin Book Fair activity at Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Friday, May 26.
Pen on Paper is a collection of more than 50 commentaries, news articles, and editorials penned by Lake or attributed to him from 1970 to 2001. The articles in the 152-page book are drawn from the media for which Lake was a columnist, the associate editor, or publisher and editor, such as Windward Islands Opinion, Shaka, Windward Islands Newsday, St. Maarten/St. Martin Newsday, and St. Martin Republic.
Lake is considered a leading political scientist. Pen on Paper is his fourth book. The pictorial section of the book is practically a photo album of a number of the media people who started out in the island’s print and broadcasting field in the last 30 years of the 20th century, said publicist Nzinga Lake.
Pen on Paper is available this weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival, where Lake was a guest author on Friday. He spoke on the difference in writing for a newspaper and writing a book. Lake worked for more than 25 years as a newspaper publisher.
Lake also read selections from the new title, and spoke on the link between Anguilla and his father. José Lake, Sr. visited Anguilla and reported for Reuters on the British invasion of Anguilla in the late 1960s.
The Anguilla Lit Fest is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the territory’s unilateral separation in 1967 from the then UK colony of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.
Closer to home, Pen and Paper will be launched at Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Friday, May 26, at 8:00pm. The launch is a pre-activity of the St. Martin Book Fair, which will be taking place June 1-3.