Belize’s very own, Zoila Ellis along with Cubola productions announced the publication of “The Saltpickers And Other Caribbean Stories” written by her. Ellis is a Garifuna lawyer, writer and cultural activist. Her stories restore human community, nature, and ancient beliefs. The book was launched today in Belize City at the Leo Bradley Library. Zoila Ellis, Author, spoke to Love News on her upcoming journey to enter her book in the school curriculum.
Zoila Ellis, Writer: “I would like the book to reach audiences any young person and older, you know 14 and up, the secondary school range and up so that the persons who read it will process it in their own way but certainly I’m hoping to target the secondary school population, tertiary and the general audience of persons. But I tell you they don’t have to be in school because I was so touched by the experience I had with a helper of my mom when she read it and she loved it so I’m like ‘yes, anyone who can read this book and enjoy it.’ because it’s about ordinary people so I want to give it back to ordinary people as well. It doesn’t have to be an “educated” person. I think they recommended to put it on a book list and they take it from there. I don’t know the details of that but certainly I’m sure once the Ministry recommends it and put’s it on a curriculum that’s how it would work.”
A second launch will be held at the Ecumenical High School in Dangriga on November 18 at 2pm.