Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports
Department of Culture
Release Date:
Friday, 7 July 2017 - 8:06am

A book, illustrating the life of a typical Virgin Islander during the early 1900’s, will be launched on Thursday, July 13.  

The new publication titled, ‘Lahd Wha’ Tis Dis?’ was penned by author Ms. Doris Carmona, who said the inspiration for the novel came from stories told by her relatives about what life was like in the British Virgin Islands in the early days.

“I remember the stories told by my mother and relatives from Tortola of an era when village folks lived self-sufficiently on their properties and worked at sugar mills,” she said.

Ms Carmona added, “Though life was generally simple, family drama and testing of strength did not escape them. I honour these people with nostalgic reflect, in hope that their joys and tears will not be forgotten by their generations.”

Director of the Department of Culture, Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith extended congratulations to Ms. Carmona on her first publication.

Mrs. Hodge-Smith said, “This book will serve as an asset in educating younger Virgin Islanders on some traditions and customs practiced during the early to mid-1900s’.  As an advocate for the success of Literacy Arts in the Virgin Islands I would like to encourage everyone in the community to come out a support this launch ceremony in support of the author Ms. Carmona and the preservation of Virgin Islands culture.”

Doris Carmona was born and raised on St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands and is retired from the U.S. Armed Forces. She resides in St. Thomas and ministers as a Volunteer Chaplain at the United Chaplains Faith and Hope Inc. She is also a member of Chayil Women International.

Persons are encouraged to attend and support the event at the Central Administration Complex Breezeway at 12 noon.

The Department of Culture continues to support local authors and develop the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.

Photo attached:  Doris Carmona showcasing her first publication “Lahd Wha Tis Dis?” (Photo credit: Doris Carmona)


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740