Virgin Islands Local Ms. Janice Nibbs has released her first book, 'I Want to be a Thatcher Man' on with the official launch set for Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.
This is the first book in a series that follows the lives of young Virgin Islanders as they become qualified in a chosen profession, at a time after slavery was abolished in the Virgin Islands.
The first installment follows the story of Ben as he begins his chosen career by learning all he needs to know about thatching a house including the secret language of the thatcher's.
“Ben, a young boy of ten years has always enjoyed thatching day at his family home. This year he is finally able to take an active part in the activities as he learns how to become a Thatcher man.”
According to information, Ms. Nibbs who
authored the book said that an experience while working as the Deputy
Chief Librarian caused her to realise that she had to contribute to
preserving the culture of the Virgin Islands as a record for the younger
Experience at Library sparked idea for book
According to information, Ms. Nibbs who authored the book said that an experience while working as the Deputy Chief Librarian caused her to realise that she had to contribute to preserving the culture of the Virgin Islands
as a record for the younger generation.
The book was the first to be released because she had all the necessary information and illustrations ready for publishing at hand, while the other books in the series were not yet complete.
Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Ms. Anne Lennard, congratulated Ms. Nibbs on the release of her book. She said the department is proud to be associated with the official launch of the book and assured the author that the Virgin Islands
community is looking forward to this and future publications in the traditional career series.
Culture Department Director Ms. Lennard also encouraged other budding local authors to partner with the department in the launch of their books by contacting (284) 468-4374.