Kaiama L. Glover will speak about the new book, Dance on the Volcano, her recently-published translation of Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s La Danse sur le volcan. This event will be held on January 19, 2017, at 6:30pm at Books and Books, located at 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables, Florida.
Set in late-18th century Haiti, Dance on the Volcano follows the extraordinary career of Minette, who uses her prodigious voice to cross racial barriers. Her talent brings her an opportunity to perform at the Theater of Port-au-Prince, an honor previously reserved only for whites. However, once the curtain falls she finds herself back to life as normal. Praised but unpaid, applauded but shut out, Minette develops a political and racial conscience that that will not rest as long as slavery still exists on the island. Her involvement soon leads her to butt heads with the man she loves, a free black man as cruel to his slaves as many white landholders, and to cross paths with the future heroes of the revolution.
About The Author: Born in Port-au-Prince in 1916, Marie Vieux-Chauvet is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the francophone Caribbean. Dance on the Volcano will be the second of her works to be published in English.
About the Translator: Kaiama L. Glover, Ph.D has received a B.A. in French History and Literature and Afro-American Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French and Romance Philosophy from Columbia University. Prior to this title, Glover translated Frankétienne’s Mûr à crever (Ready to Burst) and René Depestre’s Hadriana dans tous mes rêves (Hadriana in All My Dreams). She has also published articles in The French Review, Small Axe, Research in African Literatures, The Journal of Postcolonial Writings, and The Journal of Haitian Studies, among others, and is currently at work on a project that addresses literary representations of self-care in Caribbean prose fiction as ethical practices for women living in coercive communities.
For publishing information, see http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/539257/dance-volcano#9780914671572