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Thursday, November 16, 2006 – At a time when computer related activities seem to provide stiff competition to the habit of reading, a local writer has launched a publication marrying the two pursuits.

The book entitled “Tarik and the Island of Adventure” is written by Mrs. Lee Kessel, retired lecturer of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and is set in a local context, with the use of St. Lucian locations and many folklore characters.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, in keeping with her support for the arts, culture and reading, hosted the launching of the book at Government House.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Esther Braithwaite, commended the author saying her book offers a special treat to the imagination of young readers.

“A Saint Lucian writing about the book Tarik and the Island of Adventure, is indeed inspiring. I believe it caught the children's interest and I do hope the book gets more students' and schools' interest, especially during reading month. We certainly endorse the book and we look forward to having the children read more of it,” Ms Brathwaite said.

The education official says she would like to see more local writers embark on projects of this nature. The book is available at local book stores island wide.

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