Organising committee for the book discussion: back row from right to left: Bernisha Tavernier, Christelle Clemente, Luciana Vieira, Fabienne Chance, Carrol David, Kathia Magdeleine. Front row from left to right: Mercedes Fleming, Melba A. Wescott, Danielle Chance, Olga Mussington.
MARIGOT–The United and Young United Women Book Clubs have collaborated on hosting an exclusive book discussion, open to the public, on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s captivating memoir, “Becoming,” on March 17, at the Chamber of Commerce, Concordia, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
The memoir became Book of the Year and was an instant number-one international best seller worldwide, with 750,000 copies flying off the shelves in just a few hours from its official release.
“We have observed that everyone has been buying it in St. Martin and book shops have had to reorder it,” noted Danielle Chance-Glasgow, founder of both book clubs. “We realized this is an opportunity not to be missed. The mission of book clubs is to discuss literature, to educate, share knowledge, enhance speech and vocabulary, and so forth. We want everyone, not only women, to participate in what is sure to be a very enlightening session.”
Organisers formed a committee to host the event and are hoping to attract around 100 persons, hence the choice of Chamber of Commerce as a venue.
“When you read this book, even though you don’t live in the USA, you can see your story through her story. The connection is there. That alone is one point of discussion,” Chance-Glasgow adds. “The book is being read on the French side where is called “Devenir” and that’s also why the book discussion will be bi-lingual.
“The title of the book is so attractive, so real and on target. I believe we are all becoming in our personal lives. She makes a point in the book that it’s irrelevant to ask children what they want to be because it changes frequently. Sometimes what you want to be doesn’t happen, therefore you are still becoming. This discussion is going to be the catalyst for people to open up, share, bond, and bring people together.”
Leader of Young United Women Book Club, Melba Wescott, added: “Inside the book, on one page you have the topic and on the right page is “Becoming Me.” It’s very powerful. There’s a transition that happens while you are reading. She is walking you through a journey and you are feeling the energy and genuineness coming off the pages. It’s easy to see why people are so excited by the book. She even challenges you to send her feedback.”
The evening will have a keynote speaker and an emcee who will present the questions from the panel. A bilingual moderator will interact with the audience to stimulate discussion. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Profits from the book discussion will be split evenly and donated to non-government organisations (NGOs) on French and Dutch sides.
Tickets for the discussion evening are 30 euros or US $30. Attendees are asked to be on time. For more information, call (0690) 65.86.05 or Dutch side 554-4230.