Renowned Haitian American writer and narrator Edwidge Danticat will inaugurate York College’s 2009 Provost Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series, Monday, September 14, 2009, at 7 p.m., in the College’s Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. The event is free and open to the public. Danticat will read from recent works and engage the audience in conversation. Her recent work centers on the politics of memory, self-making, self-representation, and reconciliation. Her latest work, 2007 Books Critics Circle Award winning Brother, I’m Dying, is a powerful piece of non-fiction; an autobiography of the man she knew as father for much of her youth, who died in captivity in a Homeland Security detention facility in Florida.
“This courageous book breaks new ground for Danticat, known throughout the pan-Caribbean and literature circles alike as a first-rate novelist and a scribe for her generation, not only as a Haitian American but as a Black woman,” said York College Assistant Professor Mark Schuller, African American Studies and Anthropology Department of Social Sciences.
Born in Haiti, Danticat moved to the U.S. when she was 12. Her other books include Oprah Book Club selection Breath, Eyes, Memory; National Book Award finalist Krik? Krak!,; American Book Award winner The Farming of Bones; After the Dance, and The Dew Breaker. 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 has a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, winning the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University.