In Conversation with Edwidge Danticat


Writer Edwidge Danticat reads selections from her recently released short story collection EVERYTHING INSIDE and other previous titles and discusses the concept of reckoning.

Date & Time:

Monday, November 25, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public


Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall (Building #27 on Campus Map)

Credit: Lynn Savarese Photography

Credit: Lynn Savarese Photography

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.

Everything Inside, published in 2019, is a collection of short stories set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond. At once wide in scope and intimate, this collection explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant.  In these eight powerful, emotionally absorbing stories, a romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends; a marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences; a young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival; two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives; a baby's christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new; a man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose.

Danticat's previous works include Claire of the Sea Light; Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award recipient and 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. For additional information about Danticat, please visit

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.

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