Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones;
The Dew Breaker; and Create Dangerously. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States;
The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures;
Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2; and Best American Essays 2011. She has written four books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her most recent book is Claire of the Sea Light. Four prominent authors – Roberto G. Fernández, Edwidge Danticat, M. Evelina Galang, and Emma Ruby-Sachs – will read and discuss their contributions to Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, the dynamic new anthology from the Great Books Foundation. This session will be facilitated by the editors of the collection, award-winning author Achy Obejas and cultural studies scholar Megan Bayles, and will give the audience an opportunity to delve into four of the eighteen stories included in Immigrant Voices. Each of these stories highlights the complex relationships that contemporary migrants to the United States have with their families, friends, new surroundings, and home countries.