Regular readers of PUP’s blog know we are publishing Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat in October. What you may not know that Edwidge is also publishing a children’s book titled Eight Days, about a boy who survives the Haitian earthquake.
On a recent trip to Haiti, Edwidge read her new book to a group of children in a child-friendly space sponsored by the International Rescue Committee. She writes about this moving experience at the Huffington Post.
Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Port-au-Prince and reading to a group of these children “Eight Days,” a picture book I wrote about the earthquake in Haiti. I read to them in one of several “child-friendly spaces” that the International Rescue Committee has sponsored in and around the city. “Eight Days” tells the story of a little boy who survives under the rubble of his house, using his memories and imagination to find hope within himself. I read to the children, showing the book’s vibrant illustrations and doing a simultaneous translation in Creole (the book will be translated into Haitian Creole). Though I was afraid of upsetting the children by reminding them of the trauma of the earthquake, they were braver than I in addressing the issue at hand.
Read the complete article here.