Edwidge Danticat will read from her new book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work at the Princeton Public Library tonight, Friday, November 5th at 7 PM. Anne Cheng will moderate the discussion. In a review of Ms. Danticat’s recent event at Politics and Prose, the Washington Post noted there was scarcely a dry eye in the house. This promises to be a wonderful, thought-provoking evening of conversation and literature and I hope you can join us.
“Danticat is at her best when writing from inside Haiti. . . . As [her] recollections show, her singular achievement is not to have remade the actual Haiti, but to have recreated it. She has wound the fabric of Haitian life into her work and made it accessible to a wide audience of Americans and other outsiders. . . . Danticat’s tender new book about loss and the unquenchable passion for homeland makes us remember the powerful material from which most fiction is wrought: it comes from childhood, and place. No matter her geographic and temporal distance from these, Danticat writes about them with the immediacy of love.”–Amy Wilentz, New York Times Book Review
“A lean collection of jaw-breaking horrors side by side with luminous insights. . . . In Danticat’s many remarkable stories and pensées from the gut, one locates the inimitable power of truth. Authorship becomes an act of subversion when one’s words might be read and acted on by someone risking his or her life if only to read them.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
For more information about the event, please visit the PPL’s web site.