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Edwidge Danticat

Fiction, Nonfiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20140131, 20130726

Edwidge Danticat returns 15 years after her first interview on New Letters on the Air to talk about her literary successes, including The Dew Breakers, her novel; Brother, I’m Dying, an award-winning memoir about her family immigrating to the U.S. from Haiti; and her essay book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. After surviving two dictatorships in Haiti, Danticat discusses the writer’s role in a world of upheaval and what it means to lend aid in any dire situation. Along with her many literary awards, Danticat is also  winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award and the mother of two daughters. Her most recent projects include writing for the documentary film about education for women called Girl Rising, her 2013 novel Claire of the Sea Light, and editing the 2014 short story collection Haiti Noir 2. She was interviewed while at the University of Kansas for the 2013 Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series. Both this program and the 1999 interview with Edwidge Danticat are available as a CD Collection in our shop.

| Subject Matter: Haiti, The Writer's Role, Family | Interview Year: 2013 | Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction | Awards: MacArthur Foundation Genius Award |

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