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Edwidge Danticat | Claire of the Sea Light with Bob Shacochis | The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Mon, September 16, 2013 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Edwidge Danticat bears witness to the complexities of Haitian life in her luminous stories of courage, brutality, family, and personal and political rebellion. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work was the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other works include the Oprah Book Club selection Breath, Eyes, Memory; the National Book Award finalist Krik? Krak!, and Brother, I’m Dying, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Pushcart Prize winner, and one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, Danticat is “a writer whose stunning talents continue to soar and amaze” (Boston Globe). In her new novel, a fisherman’s daughter goes missing in a seaside Haitian town.  

Bob Shacochis is renowned for his wild and revealing visions of the Caribbean. His debut story collection, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome. His other books include the evocative novel, Swimming in the Volcano; Domesticity, a collection of his GQ columns; and the nonfiction work The Immaculate Invasion, called “a masterpiece of the 1994 U.S. assault on and occupation of Haiti” (Chicago Tribune). From World-War-II Dubrovnik to 1990s-occupied Haiti, his new novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul sweeps time and continents to form a landscape of catastrophic events that led to the war on terror. 

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103