Reason #217 to Visit Anguilla

IMG_9777As if swanky resorts, gourmet-standard restaurants, and 33 pristine white-sand beaches aren’t enough, here’s one more reason to visit Anguilla this year: Anguilla Lit Fest.

The island’s second annual “literary jollification” is a celebration of all things reading- and writing-related that runs May 23-26 at Paradise Cove resort, featuring meet-and-greets, presentations by, and workshops with popular authors including Nikki Giovanni, Edwige Danticat, and Toure. Aspiring writers can also get words of wisdom from publishing powerhouses Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Grand Central/Hachette.

So how much does it cost for the chance to meet major authors, get expert guidance from publishing pros, and sip some serious rum punch with them in one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive (yet least pretentious) islands? Just $150! So if you have a book idea inside you that’s been dying to get out; if you’re an avid reader; or if you’re just looking for an excuse to go to Anguilla for the second time in two months (oh wait, that’s me!), join the jollification (you can sign up on-island) and make this year’s Memorial Day weekend really memorable.