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Apr 21, 2010

Rare books on display as part of Book Week 2010

books 2If you love reading and share an interest in Belizean history there’s an exhibition showcasing Belizean authors and publishers at the Image Factory.  The collection of writings from different literary genres some which go back a century or more are available for viewing among the three hundred select publications.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano was on hand for the opening of the exhibition and has the following report.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The display coincides with Book Week 2010 and, according to Montserrat Casademunt, despite the internet age more publications are being distributed through various media presently than there have been in the past.

Montserrat Casademunt, Publisher, Cubola Productions

Montserrat Casademunt

Montserrat Casademunt

“There are more books published around the world now than in any time in history.  So I don’t think reading books is dying out.  I think the medium is changing people is, there is more people reading on the internet or researching over the internet.  To me it’s difficult to replace a book because [with] a book all the senses intervene.  You have the sense of the feeling, the smell, the sight; it is a wholesome experience and I think if children when they are very young, we all love books so if we can keep this interest going and this is the problem.  If we can supply them with enough books to keep them interested I think even if they stop reading in a period in their lives they will come back to it eventually.”

One such person who shares a rekindled love for the written word is Yasser Musa.  Along with his colleagues at the Image Factory Foundation he embarked on gathering as many local works as possible to put on view.

yasser musa

yasser musa

Yasser Musa, Publisher, Image Factory Foundation

“We decided, for the past few months, to start collecting books published in and about Belize and here we have today this exhibit of over three hundred books that come from three main collections.  First, the Image Factory collection, our own collection of art books and things we’ve done over the past fifteen years in addition to our private collection of books but also two important other collections: the Cubola books which we have a fine collection of their books that they’ve been publishing since the early 1970s.  And then finally we have the Craig family collection of books from Meg Craig who’s been an outstanding collector of all things Belizean and especially books.  She’s inspired me to fall in love with books again and we have from her collection some very rare books.”

Of those infrequent publications the oldest in the collection currently on display dates back to 1868.  The rare books section focuses primarily on Belize’s colonial past while other areas include novels written by renowned author Zee Edgell among others. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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2 Responses for “Rare books on display as part of Book Week 2010”

  1. GG says:

    I applaud anyone that promotes the works of Belizeans. I want to encourage Belizeans to participate and support events like this. We Belizeans need to be more proactive in promoting any endeavor that is beneficial to Belize.

    Deviating a little, I would futher comment that we need to provide suggestion and recommendations on issues affecting our country. Belizeans need to constructively criticizes but provide alternatives.

    Find ways how we can contribute for Belize to move forward. We need to unite for a better belize.

    I recommend the Government of Belize to develop a virtual form whereby Belizeans can participate. I have already written to them but did not received a response. This attitude clearly shows that GOB do not want to welcome initiatives or mechanisms for citizens to criticize and participate in solving issues affecting the Jewel.

    Anyone reading this and has power or authority to make some change in Belize. Please visit this website to get an idea, its in spanish.

    You will be able to see that the state government has implemented this mechanism to get citizens feedback on ideas, issues, recommendation, and alternatives.

    They set the virtual forums in general topics like:

    1. Vision of the Country
    2. State Regime and Government
    3. Democracy and Electoral System
    4. Foreign Policy
    5. Citizens Security
    6. Justice.

    I hope that this recommendation does not go into blind and deaf politicians that everyday read this. I also call on NGO to pressure government to open mechanisms for public participation.

    I also recommend NGO and the Opposition to set up a virtual forum where Belizeans can report of corruption and nepotism so that all Belizeans and the world can see. The forum will serve as a template to save, record, and track the activities of GOB; hence, be like a report card of GOB. We will be able to see the recorded activities of the government through the days, weeks, months and years.

    Long Live Belize. Blessings to All.

  2. GG says:

    I hope that professors, school administrators, and school principals/deans try to acquire some of these books. Most school libraries have low or no books of Belizean Authors or on Belize.

    These books are important so that people understand the nations identity and be proud of being a Belizean.

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