Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Edwidge Danticat

Monday, June 29, 2015 -
10:30am to 11:30am

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Esplanade 305

A writer named "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference" in Harper's Bazaar, featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch, and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine is definitely one not to miss. Edwidge Danticat’s first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was also an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection Krik? Krak! made her the youngest National Book Award nominee ever.

Born in Haiti, Danticat immigrated to a Haitian American neighborhood in Brooklyn at age 12. Her disorientation in her new surroundings saw her turn to literature for solace, and two years later she published her first writing in English in a citywide magazine written by teenagers. “Writing for New Youth Connections had given me a voice. My silence was destroyed completely, indefinitely.” Prominent themes in her writing include national identity, mother-daughter relationships, and diasporic politics, and she is a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home. Her work has been translated into many languages, and her numerous awards include a Pushcart Short Story Prize, The National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, a Langston Hughes Medal, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and fiction awards from Essence and Seventeen magazines. Her most recent novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was shortlisted for ALA’s 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
The forthcoming picture book Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation is a poignant and tender story about the human side of immigration and how every child has the power to make a difference, highlighting the connective and transformative power of words and stories. (September 2015)
Sponsored by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:10pm PDT
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