St. Croix writer Angela Golden Bryan is climbing the charts. Her children’s book, “James and the Fireburn,” was named No. 9 in BookAuthority’s 30 Best Caribbean History eBooks of all time and her film “Fireburn: The Documentary,” is now in post-production.
Bryan is an actor, writer, professional speaker and producer. Her passion for storytelling and human rights merged in her projects sharing and recounting the Fireburn labor revolt of 1878. Her first book, “Fireburn the Screenplay,” became a No. 1 best seller on Amazon’s list for screenplays.
With “James and the Fireburn,” the St. Croix native incorporates a story within a story, encouraging children to learn right from wrong and to avoid destructive bullying behavior while teaching them a bit about Caribbean history in the process. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Jewelry Factory, Undercover Books, St. George Village Botanical Garden and the Caribbean Museum Center on St. Croix.
Online, the Fireburn Foundation, Inc., of which Bryan is the founder and president, is hosting a free book giveaway on Thursday, Oct. 1, which is Contract Day, in order to commemorate the Fireburn and celebrate the BookAuthority award. Those interested can go to AngelaGoldenBryan.com’s products page. The book will be free all day Thursday. A “read-along” for children is also available on the site.
Continuing her sharing of the Fireburn story, the film “Fireburn the Documentary” explores the inhumane conditions that existed prior to the revolt and looks at the women who were called “Queens” due to their leadership. The documentary interviews historians, cultural ambassadors and educators, and looks at the folklore, art and history surrounding the Fireburn. It was filmed entirely on St. Croix in February 2020 and is now in post-production. The production team is seeking financial partners to help complete the project that will be shown throughout the Virgin Islands and internationally. To donate, visit the website’s philanthropy page or view the teaser on the Angela Golden Bryan YouTube channel.
In addition to her Fireburn projects, Bryan continues to keep busy.
“During the pandemic, I was determined to finish as many projects as possible. I am honored to have just completed an anthology with N.Y. Times bestselling authors Les Brown, Raymond Aaron and Marci Shimoff, called ‘The Authorities,’” she said.
“The Authorities” is an anthology of stories and ideas from individuals who have distinguished themselves in life and in business. They are leaders in their particular fields who also understand the importance and obligation of giving something back.
All books are available on the AngelaGoldenBryan.com website.