Following the workshop presentation on “Quality Education: A triangular Love Affair”, the speaker, Dr. Althea McMillan, also the author of “Definitions of Love”, was the guest of honour in a book signing ceremony. The event was held at the Government Complex under a tent.
Orchestrated by the author’s husband, Dr. Wendell McMillan, the ceremony unfolded with the singing of the National Anthem which was beautifully rendered by a former student of Dr. McMillan, Allison Rolle. The invocation, a short welcome and remarks by MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, followed.
Mr. Curry said that the book came at a fortuitous moment when the country was in need to be reminded to forsake hate for love.
He congratulated the author, saying that he hoped that the book become an inspiration, not only on Abaco, but throughout The Bahamas.
A musical rendition of “The Power of Love” by the group, But for Grace, complimented the peaceful atmosphere surrounding the event.
A review of the book by Mr. Isaac Collie was next. He opened his presentation with the following comment:
“I read the book, I liked the book, buy the book.”
“It is easy and sweet reading. Love is a concept that everyone can relate to. [The author] has included everyone who has impacted her life and taught her love.”
The author then took the podium, explaining how she came to write the book, narrating the events in her life and anecdotes that prompted her to write each chapter. For example: definitions of love for nurses, definitions of love for police officers, etc.
She said that her continuous efforts were aimed at helping students, adding that the proceeds of the book sale will help her continue with that endeavor.
As dusk settled, a line formed in front of the desk where Dr. McMillan sat, waiting to autograph each book with words befitting each prospective reader.
The ceremony ended with refreshments.