Nov. 11: Book Signing & Art Show for “Islands of the Sun”

Unique Fusion of Art and Science by Young University of Miami Alumnae


MIAMI — University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, together with the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre (formerly The Danguillecourt Project) and The Nature Conservancy, will host a book signing and art show featuring Islands of the Sun: a Tribute to the Northern Exuma Cays, Bahamas. The event will take place on Thursday, November 11 from 6–9 p.m., with welcoming remarks at 7 p.m., at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, 4600 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami. Kindly RSVP to or call 305-421-4061.

Islands of the Sun is a beautifully illustrated book co-authored by young University of Miami alumni and Bahamians, John A. Thompson and Nikita Shiel-Rolle. Six chapters tour the reader through the ecosystems of the Bahamas, from the highest hilltops to the depths of the ocean. The book functions as an informative reference volume as well as a work of art, with photography and painted illustrations bringing to life the unique and diverse plants and animals of the Exuma Cays.

The culmination of a three-year effort, Islands of the Sun offers a collection of vivid photographs that depict a range of life from orchids and rock iguanas to sea slugs and reef sharks. In all, a total of 298 species of local flora and fauna are featured. Accompanying provides information about the varying species, including their historical and cultural value as food or medicine. Every chapter opens with an original two-page landscape painting of the selected habitat and its denizens. Additionally, “special focus” sections highlight plants or animals of particular interest within each habitat.

Islands of the Sun, which is dedicated to Sergio and Jacqueline Kriz Danguillecourt in celebration of the deep love they shared for the Exuma Cays, is an unprecedented fusion of science and art that is guaranteed to fascinate and educate. All proceeds from book sales support the environmental education activities of the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre, including Young Bahamian Marine Scientists after-school clubs and summer camps.

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Media Contacts:

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Marie Guma-Diaz
UM Media Relations Office

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