Create Dangerously is the One Book, One Philadelphia selection

Edwidge Danticat’s collection of essays, Create Dangerously, originally published in cloth by PUP and now in paperback by Vintage, has been selected for the One Book, One Philadelphia reading program. What this means is that the Free Library of Philadelphia is encouraging all Philadelphians (Is that what they are called?) to read the book and will sponsor a series of events — readings, lectures, film screenings — to foster a dialogue around the issues in the book.

Create Dangerously is a beautiful, moving book that presents Edwidge’s thoughts on what it means to be a writer; what it means to be an immigrant writer; and what it means to be an immigrant writer, writing outside of your homeland. I love the title of this article announcing the selection: “Creating dangerously, reading collectively”, as it really captures one of the themes in the book: an author may write at their own peril in order to bring important ideas about human rights to a global audience.

While I know many will pick up the paperback for economic reasons, I hope some people will opt to purchase the hardback edition. It is such an elegant and provocative package — with a printed case and a little slip of a dust jacket that is hand-printed — that it would be a lovely addition to anyone’s personal library (especially since it can be found on some online retailers for a mere $3-$4 more than the paperback!).


  1. I’m from Haiti and I love Edwidge Danticat. Thanks for finally showcasing her work. She is a great author.

  2. Amy Smith says:

    The tragedies in Create Dangerously are hard to stomach, but this is exactly the side of life we need to all open our eyes to if we are to move beyond causing each other pain and find a higher ground of mutual compassion and respect. Danticat’s voice offers a plaintive, entreating call for recognition of the suffering of so many in the world, and of their irrepressible desire to make life more meaningful by embracing art despite it all, no matter the cost.

  3. James Jones says:

    I think this is great for its online tools that enable professors to build their on textbooks. AcademicPub, for example, arranges payment of royalties and compiles material for publication. Once the textbook is prepared, students can select a low-cost digital edition, a mid-range paperback, or a hard-copy version. The article also discusses Flat World, which finds scholars willing to build peer-reviewed textbooks published under a Creative Commons license, and Connexions, one of the first online locations for academics to share educational material for free online. thanks and best wishes.