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Haitian Book Club: The Butterfly’s Way

The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States is a special tome in more ways than one. It’s the first story anthology of Haitian and Haitian-American writers, for one, assembled and curated in the English language. Sectioned off in four little stages (Childhood, Migration, First...

Yap Mennen: Fequière Vilsaint and Maude Heurtelou of Educa Vision

If you’ve never heard of Educa Vision, you’ve at least seen, read or purchased one of the publishing company’s books without realizing it. Educa Vision, whose niche is publishing Haiti-focused, and Creole-language books, is based in Coconut Creek, Florida and among their bestsellers was one of the first full-pledged...

Haiti Noir, Edited by Edwidge Danticat

Some people can’t help but compare Haiti Noir to its predecessor The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, but as the subtitle of the latter indicates, it was a collection of short literary works by writers from the United States. Haiti Noir for...

Haitian Book Club: Vale of Tears, by Paulette Poujol-Oriol

Today’s Haitian Book Club selection is Vale of Tears by Paulette Poujol-Oriol, a most gifted novelist. Vale of Tears is the English translation of her novel Le Passage (hats off to translator Dolores A. Schaefer for a job well-done…no clumsy, stilted English, just a smooth translation), and it’s understandable...

Edwidge Danticat On Her Nonfiction Book Creating Dangerously

Creating dangerously—that’s what Edwidge Danticat’s writing ancestors did. One of the most acclaimed writers of this century and last, and arguably the most prominent Haitian-American writer in the United States, you’d think that Edwidge Danticat would put her pen away, and rest on her laurels which include a National...

Book Alert…Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois

Haiti’s history is like a historical soap opera, a soap opera that historian and professor Laurent Dubois is more than happy to chronicle. First there was Avengers of the New World, his chronicle of the Haitian Revolution and its significance. Perhaps the dramatic aspects of the country’s history were...

Jean-Robert Cadet: Life After Restavec

When Jean-Robert Cadet released his book Restavec, it was a trailblazer from so many angles. It was the first time someone who had been a restavek (Cadet gave his book the French spelling)—a child kept for manual labor in Haiti—was speaking out. It was also one of the...

Haitian Book Club, The Children of Injustice by Ruth Auguste

Haitian Book Club, The Children of Injustice by Ruth Auguste The Children of Injustice by Ruth Auguste tackles something that is often hushed in Haitian culture and is not discussed even in the most intimate settings: domestic violence and sexual abuse of women and children. Auguste, who currently resides in...

Haitian Book Club: Children of Heroes by Lyonel Trouillot

Lyonel Trouillot’s novel about two slum-dwelling children Marièla and Colin, two children who murder their abusive father is curiously titled Children of Heroes, and that is the least intriguing thing about the work. Colin and Mariéla Pamphile are the precocious children and progeny of their grossly misnamed father Corazón, a...

Haitian Book Club, Alicia Maldonado: A Mother Lost by Ardain Isma

Haitian Book Club, Alicia Maldonado: A Mother Lost by Ardain Isma Haitians and Cubans have been linked to one another throughout history. During the Haitian Revolution, French citizens fled with their slaves to Cuba. At the dawn of the 20th Century, Haitian peasants left Haiti to cut canes in the...