Author Roland E. Williams (centre) presenting a copy of his short-story collection “Suddenly death” to Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s Head of Circulations Shirley Richardson (left) and Public Relations Officer Mariland Powell.
PHILIPSBURG–Aruban author Roland E. Williams presented two copies of his short-story collection Suddenly death to Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s Public Relations Officer Mariland Powell and Head of Circulations Shirley Richardson. The book was published in July 2016 and is the writer’s first publication.
Williams was born in Aruba, grew up in St. Maarten where he is currently living, and studied in the Netherlands. He has worked in information technology for more than 30 years while he also worked on his short stories and poetry. One of his poems titled “Each Season Given to Us” was published online at Leave-of-Ink.com in May 2016.
It was Williams’ desire to present the library with these two copies because it would give the people of St. Maarten easy access to his work. The book presents a rather adult topic and is deemed for adult readers.
The short stories are meant for a fast read. On can read these in one entertaining sitting. Williams makes his readers contemplate how quickly and unexpectedly death may happen, whether that is due to the consequences of anger, suicide, or a turn of fate.
At the end of the book it makes one think of how ephemeral life can be and makes us consider our way of life; are we the best version of ourselves?
Suddenly death was inspired by Williams’ travel experiences and stories he heard from locals in the various countries has visited. He said he had a need to share these topics which, in his opinion, are still taboo in our culture.
“Presenting these books as part of the library’s catalogue is in honour, as we at Philipsburg Jubilee Library are always supportive of local artists,” the Library stated.
Suddenly death will be available at the Library from October 2018.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/80736-roland-williams-presents-suddenly-death-to-library