3. The Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair
PHOTO: THE WANDERING BOOKMARK
Though this year’s Bim Lit Fest, held earlier this month, was only the festival’s second-ever edition, organizers successfully brought writers from across the Caribbean and the world together to celebrate the Barbadian literary community. This year’s theme, “Crossings: Breaking Borders,” applied to both the local (migration to Panama) and universal (redefining gender), allowing for a wide range of panels and workshops. But the events are hardly limited to the academic—there’s also a festival for local children and a full program of Bajan music. You’ll have to wait two years for the next one, though: like many of the Caribbean’s book fairs the Bim Lit Fest is a biennial event.