According to our blog’s statistics, our most popular posts and resources are specific to authors or novels that we’ve featured in our book group. Edwidge Danticat is at the top of that list of most searched for authors. So for the world wide web post today, I thought I’d highlight some interesting online resources on Danticat. For those of you not familiar with Danticat, she is the award winning Haitian-American author of Krik? Krak!; Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones; Brother, I’m Dying; and Create Dangerously, among other titles.
One of the best places to get information about Danticat is her facebook page. The page isn’t maintained by Danticat, but by her publisher, so it has all kinds of information on new publications, speaking engagements, interviews, etc. As so many of our students use facebook regularly, this might be a great place to send them for research done outside of class.
Danticat has also spoken a great deal on a variety of topics, and many of these are available online. I’ve shared a few that I’ve found below. I hope they are both interesting and helpful to you!
- Just recently, Danticat was in Maine to speak on behalf of Konbit Sante, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the health system in northern Haiti to improve the health of the population.
- Danticat interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS discussing why art is both a luxury and a necessity
- A New York Times Opinion piece by Danticat on new immigration detention guidelines
- Danticat speaking with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman last year on the one year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. Today, on the second anniversary, how are Haitians doing.
If you come across any other resources, please feel free to share in the comments section below!