What’s on Our Nightstands: So Spoke the Earth/Tè a pale/Ainsi parla la terre

terreMany thanks to Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín (FAU) for this wonderful gift! I just received a copy of the anthology So Spoke the Earth [Tè a pale; Ainsi parla la terre] which gathers a great variety of texts—written in English, French, and Kreyol—about Haiti and its Diaspora. Edited by M.J. Fièvre, this collection of essays, stories, and poems was published in August 2012 by the Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc. in South Florida.

Description: This multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti explores the country’s past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants over the past four decades. Presenting each work in its original language (English, French, and Haitian Creole), So Spoke the Earth features the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their attempts to grapple with the impact left on them by their personal experiences with the island-nation. Through various narratives and poems, the literary legacy and unique history of the island are highlighted in content and style.

This is an important anthology about Haiti in that it is a celebration of Haitian spirit, multiculturalism and diversity. 54 contributors include Edwidge Danticat, Jan Mapou, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, Joanne Hyppolite, Kathie Klarreich, Margaret Papillon, Gariot Pierre Louima, Nathalie Foy, Marie-Alice Theard, and many more, for an eclectic, international combination of established and emerging writers.

For purchasing information, see http://www.amazon.com/So-Spoke-Earth-Haiti-Knew/dp/061571658X

For more information on Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc., see http://writersofhaiti.com/

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