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Dimitry Elias Leger in conversation with Edwidge Danticat about God Loves Haiti
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 8pm
Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, Florida
Haiti is a country in constant turmoil. Political upheaval, natural disasters, disease, and poverty have plagued the island nation for the past decade. Yet despite — or maybe because of — Haiti’s tumultuous history, it has produced a rich literary culture. And two of Haiti’s contributions to the world of literary fiction will join each other in conversation at Books & Books (265 Argon Ave., Coral Gables).
Dimitry Elias Léger and Edwidge Danticat will speak about Léger’s first novel, God Loves Haiti. Léger is a longtime reporter who wrote for the Miami Herald and national news outlets before turning his pen toward fiction. His novel delves into the psychological and emotional complications of rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake. And Danticat, a familiar name with more than a dozen books and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant under her belt, has been a near-singular voice of the immigration experience of the Haitian people. Like Léger’s works, Danticat’s novels examine the meaning of identity, nationality, and diaspora politics in a supposedly post-racial world. Their conversation will take place Wednesday at 8 p.m. and is free to attend. Call 305-442-4408 or visit booksandbooks.com
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