Eight authors of Haitian descent will be participating at the Miami International Book Fair, taking place from November 20-22 at several venues in Miami. They include Angie Bell, Fabienne Josaphat, Dimitry Elias Leger, Edwidge Danticat, Carl Jean-Juste, Katia Ulysse, Michele Jessica (MJ) Fievre, Rebecca Carmant.
Bell, Fievre, Carmant—along with spoken word poet Naomiel—will be taking part in a symposium entitled EXPATS! Haitian Women Poets in Exile: A Trilingual Reading in English, French, and Haitian Creole—alongside Rebecca Carmant and Naomiel, and MJ Fievre. Fievre released A Sky the Color of Chaos earlier this month.
Famed photographer Carl Jean-Juste (photo right), whose book Havana and Haiti: Two Cultures, One Community, is a collection of essays and photographs chronicling the relational and cultural ties of the two countries, will be part of “Havana and Haiti: Reshaping the New Americas and the World” on November 21. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAM.
God Loves Haiti author Dimitry Elias Leger will be taking part in “Fiction of Place: A Reading”. Leger is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and grew up in New York, and resided in Florida for a time. CLICK HERE to see full details about this event.
Katia D. Ulysse penned the children’s book Fabiola Can Count (2012), and published her first novel Drifting in 2014. She will be among the panelists for “Land of Upheaval: A Literary Journey through Haiti’s Modern History”, with Fievre and Fabienne Josaphat.
Fabienne Josaphat is a new name to me. But apparently, she’s a long-timer in the literature game. One of her short stories was featured in the anthology So Spoke the Earth, edited by MJ Fievre, and she has a novel set to be released in early Spring 2016.
You can CLICK HERE to check the Miami International Book Fair’s entire program.
Carl Juste photo: Al Diaz