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Edwidge Danticat: Claire of the Sea Light

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Ken Preston
Location Details:
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

The most magical, spellbinding book yet by the great Haitian-American author, Claire of the Sea Light takes us deep into the intertwined lives in a small seaside town where a little girl, daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.

“The story she has given us is at every turn surprising, shimmering, deft. It is a jewel—a remarkable book, as luminous as its title.” —Author Ann Patchett

“Danticat once again tells a story that feels as mysterious and magical as a folk tale and as effective and devastating as a newsreel. . . Danticat paints a stunning portrait of this small Haitian town, in which the equally impossible choices of life and death play out every day.” —Publishers Weekly
Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of many books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the New York Times’ bestsellers The Dew Breaker and Brother, I’m Dying, She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures.

Danticat earned a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, where she won the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University. She has taught creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami. She has worked with filmmakers Patricia Benoit and Jonathan Demme on projects on Haitian art and documentaries about Haiti. Her short stories have appeared in more than 25 periodicals and have been anthologized several times. Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters, and remains a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home. She lent her voice and words to Poto Mitan: Haitian Women Pillars of the Global Economy, a documentary film about five women from different generations.

Hosted by Erica Bridgeman, a veteran KPFA Public Affairs Producer.

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books
(3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore, and Modern Times ($15 door)
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Added to the calendar on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 11:53AM
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