Award-winning Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat will be 1 of the approximately 120 authors featured at the 16th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. The National Book Festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Danticat will give a presentation from 10a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will sign books from 11 a.m. to noon.
Here is a bit of information about Danticat—
Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 12, living in a community highly populated by Haitian-Americans with her family. Drawing on her experiences as a Haitian immigrant, Danticat published novels and short stories, such as The Dew Breaker and Krik? Krak?, about Haiti’s past and present and the Haitian diaspora amongst other topics. Danticat’s The Dew Breaker analyzes the central figure of Bienaimé, a former “dew breaker” or torturer in a Haitian prison under the Duvalier Regime and those with links to his past and present.
For a complete preliminary list of participating authors, click here.