A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat
Writer Edwidge Dantiat reads selections from her recently released short story collection EVERYTHING INSIDE and other previous titles and discusses the concept of reckoning.
Date & Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall (Building #27 on Campus Map)
The English Department is thrilled to host this event featuring the acclaimed Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, who will be reading from her latest short story collection, Everything Inside, and discuss how her work relates to the department's 2019-2020 common context theme: "reckoning."
Danticat published her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, at the age of twenty-five. The book was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and was immediately recognized by readers and critics alike as heralding the emergence of a shining new literary talent. Danticat’s profound connection to her native Haiti and the Haitian community in the United States has not only informed her literary output, but has made her a passionate advocate.
Her 2017 book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. It was published to much critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Previous works include Claire of the Sea Light, a stunning work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl has gone missing; Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize.
Danticat has also received the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant and been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation and elsewhere. She has appeared in the films Stones in the Sun, The Foreigner’s Home, had a small cameo in Beloved directed by Oscar award winning director Jonathan Demme, and has worked on the documentaries, Girl Rising, The Agronomist, and Egalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution.
Copies of Danticat's books will be available for sale at the event and a book signing will immediately follow her reading.
This event is sponsored with the generous support of the Diversity Activities Board.
Parking (available for $1/hour after 4pm)
Parking on Cleveland Avenue or any other nearby residential streets around campus is not recommended due to a number parking restrictions. Instead, we recommend parking in one of the following parking lots:
Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.
Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.
NOTE: Please do not to pull a ticket when entering the parking facilities; instead swipe a credit card when driving in and use the same credit card when driving out.