Dance on the Volcano: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat and Kaiama L. Glover


On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7:00pm, author Edwidge Danticat and professor/translator Kaiama L. Glover will discuss Haitian writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet and the translation of her epic novel La Danse sur le volcan [Dance on the Volcano].  The event will take place at Albertine Bookstore, located at 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York. The conversation will be in English, and it is free and open to the public (no RSVP necessary).

Description: 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 (Archipelago Books) will be the second of her works to be published in English.

Join Haitian–American novelist Edwidge Danticat, and Columbia professor and translator Kaiama L. Glover as they discuss Vieux-Chauvet’s masterful novel. 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.

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