ReadCaribbean – 2019

ReadCaribbean programming features extensive Caribbean-specific events, including readings and panel discussions, storytelling for children, music and more, plus publishers at Street Fair. When appropriate, author events will take place in Creole or French with simultaneous translation into English.

ReadCaribbean se yon bèl pwogram ki selebre tout mèvèy pitit Karayib la reyalize nan domèn kiltirèl e literè. Li òganize deba ak konferans, lekti ak tout kalite aktivite pou timoun, fim ayisyen, dans, mizik, elatriye. Distribitè liv ap pran lari a pou yo pandan Street Fair la. Lè sa apwopriye, prezantasyon ekriven yo ap an kreyòl oswa franse, avèk entèpretasyon similtane nan lang angle.

A very special thank you to Jan Mapou, Myrtha Wroy, Jerry Delince, Cergine Cator, and Sherley Louis members, of Sosyete Koukouy who collaborate with Miami Book Fair on ReadCaribbean programs, including the Little Haiti Book Festival, that takes place annually in May. Established in 1985, Sosyete Koukouy is dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in the United States . Their mission is the preservation, perpetuation and presentation of Haitian cultural performances and exhibitions, to Creole and non-Creole-speaking audiences.

Yon kokennchenn mèsi bay Jan Mapou, Myrtha Wroy, Jerry Delince, Cergine Cator, ak Sherley Louis, ki se manm Sosyete Koukouy e kolaboratè Miami Book Fair nan kad pwogram ReadCaribbean lan, avèk paregzanp Little Haiti Book Festival, ki fèt chak ane nan mwa d me. Depi 1985, Sosyete Koukouy, Inc. ap travay pou prezève kilti ayisyèn nan Ozetazini. Misyon li se prezèvasyon ak pwomosyon kilti peyi Ayiti, e piblik li vize se non sèlman moun ki pale kreyòl, men se moun ki pa pale kreyòl tou.


Past Events

November 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Caribbean Voices: Rising Tides

In French with simultaneous interpretation into English The rising tide of international literature and an increasing climate of global fluidity warrants us to dig deeper into the French and Creole works of modern Caribbean writers. This panel seeks to explore the aesthetics of Caribbean fiction by delving into conversations on the ways that the homeland of origin exerts emotional, cultural, spiritual, and imaginative influences both on the individual and collective consciousness. Ernest Pepin, Dominique Lancastre, Yamile Stitt, and Lyonel Trouillot will combine brief readings from their works and discuss the rising tides in new Caribbean literary narratives.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Is Haiti a Nation State?

(This panel is in Haitian Creole, with English interpretation) Since 1804, Haiti owns a territory and occupies a specific geographical space. The country’s government is supposedly autonomous, and Haiti has a culture and a language allowing his people—11+ million, in majority black—to communicate amongst themselves. Yet, many observers wonder if Haiti is indeed a nation state. In other words, does Haiti fulfill all the criteria for sovereignty? Featuring five panelists whose living and writing transcend national borders, this panel reflects one of the world’s most complex places back on itself,…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Haitian Drama in its Death Throes

[In Haitian Creole with simultaneous interpretation into English] Historically, plays written in Haitian Creole have been vibrant and authentic, serving as a tool for educating the masses. The people of Haiti use drama in every form—religious drama (plays rooted in the Vodou religion), street theater, drama focused on social justice, activism, and revolutionary ideas—and all forms contribute in changing the political system in Haiti, with playwrights questioning the moral/ethical/social codes of their culture and bearing witness to their times.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Caribbean Journeys Through Time and Space

Caribbean writers in and outside of the Caribbean have been creating meaningful and evocative settings using sensitive and sophisticated approaches to displacement and repatriation. They’ve written across real and unreal boundaries and drawn on their homelands’ history and landscapes in order to create a broader Caribbean literary pantheon. Panelists will discuss how they create and consider real and imagined spaces, with particular attention to identity and territoriality. The influence of place and time upon one’s writing is known, but what if one is from a place that has many places within place,…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Caribbean Writers: Race, Gender and Representation

Caribbean writers often occupy a space of hybridity, between worlds, so that they often engage with writing through the lenses of their perceived “otherness,” exploring the biases and inherited classifications, and the implications of writing from the margins. Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Kevin Adonis Browne (Trinidad), Candice Carty-Williams (Jamaica), and Jaquira Diaz (Puerto-Rico) will consider how, even as they honor each other’s identities, they can transcend the limitations that such categorizations may seem to impose.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Caribbean Myth, Mythology, and Science Fiction

Caribbean writers publish gripping works in the fields of science fiction and fantasy — evolving the texture and nature of the genres with new perspectives and new approaches. Listen to four contemporary writers, Karen Lorde (Barbados), Imam Baksh (Guyana), Breanne McIvor (Trinidad), and Ann Dávila Cardinal (Puerto Rico) read from, and discuss, stories that edge beyond myth, mythology, and science fiction, and into reality. By imagining worlds altered by local lore, mythos, and futurism, their writing addresses questions of race, gender,…

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