Edwidge Danticat writes about Port-au-Prince for The Daily Beast/Newsweek

Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously, returns to Haiti and finds resilience and regeneration: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/07/edwidge-danticat-reflects-on-port-au-prince.html

Built for 200,000 people yet home to more than 2 million, Port-au-Prince is a city that constantly reminds you of the obvious, as though you were a 6-year-old. No, not everything is broken. And no, not all the people are dead. It is a city that everything—political upheaval, fires, hurricanes, the earthquake—has conspired to destroy, yet still it carries on. The still-leaning houses and the rubble that has begun to grow weeds, the tent camps that have become micro-cities of their own, all bear their own testimony to a city that should have ground to a halt long ago, yet continues to persevere.

Create Dangerously will soon be published in paperback, but the cloth edition with its exclusive cover design and half jacket is still available everywhere. One of my favorite features of this book is that the half jacket can be shifted up and down along the spine, revealing different portions of the artwork beneath. It subtly changes the cover each time I pick it up. Check it out for yourself!

This Week’s Book Giveaway

Can’t get enough baseball? This week’s book giveaway,  Baseball on the Border:  A Tale of Two Laredos by Alan Klein, will help fill the gap.

From 1985 to 1994 there existed a significant but unheralded experiment in professional baseball.Baseball on the Border For ten seasons, the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (The Owls of the Two Laredos) were the only team in professional sports to represent two nations. Playing in the storied Mexican League (an AAA affiliate of major league baseball), the “Tecos” had home parks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, in Laredo, Texas and in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. In true border fashion, Mexican and American national anthems were played before each game, and the Tecos were operated by interests in both cities. Baseball on the Border is the story of the rise and unexpected demise of this surprising team. Anyone with an interest in baseball will be enlightened & entertained by this informative book.

“Read this book, enjoy the characterizations of the players, managers, and administrators … listen to the crowd cheer for their home town heroes, and pause to think, as Klein paints the picture with a masters stroke, of what this [book] can tell us about transnational relations and the impact of sport.”–Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, authors of Backboards and Blackboards

“The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.”–Carlos Velez-Ibañez, American Anthropologist

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Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos by Alan Klein

Edwidge Danticat at the Cambridge Forum

I don’t know how I missed this video before today, as this was taped in November. It’s still worth a watch now:

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Edwidge Danticat interviewed by Zocalo

Also available on the Zocalo site.

Edwidge Danticat on Democracy Now

This was taped earlier this morning. Edwidge will also be on Leonard Lopate this afternoon.

Edwidge Danticat on Tavis Smiley, October 29

Edwidge Danticat will be interviewed on Tavis Smiley this Friday evening. I hope you have a chance to tune in to hear her discuss her new book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.

Edwidge Danticat on Newshour last night

Edwidge had two sell-out events in Washington DC at Busboys & Poets and Politics & Prose. Next up, she is in Los Angeles for an event with the ALOUD series at the Los Angeles Public Library on October 26th. See you there!

Today is the official publication day for Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat

You can listen in to her conversation with Virginia Prescott at Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio here. This was recorded earlier today.

Following PUP Authors on their Blogs – First up, Marisa A. Abrajano & R. Michael Alvarez

Welcome to a new feature on our blog that has the catchy name, “PUP Blogging Authors”.  To learn more about an author, there is no better way than to check out their blog.  Author blogs provide upfront, personal, informative, and entertaining information about their books, their research, and their day-to-day lives.  Our “PUP Blogging Authors” feature consists of three parts: Blogger, Blogs, and Books.

Our featured bloggers are the authors of New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America.

Marisa A. Abrajano is assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Campaigning to the New American Electorate. R. Michael Alvarez is professor of political science at the California Institute of Technology. He is the coauthor of Electronic Elections and Hard Choices, Easy Answers (both Princeton).

Blogs: We invite you to learn more about their book and election research on their blog, New Faces, New Voices: http://www.newfacesnewvoices.org/

You can also find more blogging from R. Michael Alvarez on the blog, Election Updates.  The blog covers new research, analysis and commentary on election reform, voting technology, and election administration.

Books:  For descriptions, sample chapters, and table of contents, visit:

New Faces, New Voices:
The Hispanic Electorate in America
By Marisa A. Abrajano & R. Michael Alvarez

Also by R. Michael Alvarez:

Electronic Elections:
The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy
By R. Michael Alvarez & Thad E. Hall

Hard Choices, Easy Answers:
Values, Information, and American Public Opinion
R. Michael Alvarez & John Brehm

New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America – Introduction is online to read

Making up 14.2 percent of the American population, Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the United States. Clearly, securing the Hispanic vote is more important to political parties than ever before. Yet, despite the current size of the Hispanic population, is there a clear Hispanic politics? Who are Hispanic voters? What are their political preferences and attitudes, and why? The first comprehensive study of Hispanic voters in the United States, New Faces, New Voices paints a complex portrait of this diverse and growing population.

New Faces, New Voices
The Hispanic Electorate in America
By Marisa A. Abrajano & R. Michael Alvarez

Read the Introduction: http://bit.ly/bW2JuB