Investment summit speakers donate signed books

From left, Paul Robinson, deputy director of the Cayman Islands Public Library Services, Christen Suckoo, chief officer for the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, Ramona Melody, director of the Cayman Islands Public Library Service, Naomi Law from Dart, Education Minister Tara Rivers, Chris Duggan, vice president at Dart, and Lyneth Monteith, acting chief education officer.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, notorious hacker-turned-computer-security-consultant Kevin Mitnick and other headline speakers from this year’s Cayman Alternative Investment Summit donated 160 autographed copies of their books.

The authors dedicated the books specifically to schools and libraries, said Chris Duggan, vice president of Dart, one of the summit’s main sponsors and organizers.

“This donation of books extends the potential impact of these speakers to our youth and community in general. Dart is committed to youth, education, literacy and the development of Cayman’s future leaders and was delighted to be able to add such noteworthy titles to the shelves of our school[s] and public libraries,” Mr. Duggan said in a press release.

The books include several titles by Ms. Curtis; “28 Thoughts on Digital Revolution” by Jonathan McDonald; “Ghost in the Wires” by Mr. Mitnick; and “Row for Freedom” by Julia Immonen. The books will go to seven libraries, 22 primary schools, 12 high schools and five preschools, along with the University College of the Cayman Islands and the International College of the Cayman Islands.

“We are thrilled to receive so many high-quality books written by well-known authors,” Education Minister Tara Rivers said in a press release.

“The children and adults that visit our public libraries, and our schoolchildren and educators that will use these resources to aid instruction, are the true beneficiaries of this generous donation.”