Little Haiti Book Festival 2018

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Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. This book festival, which features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami, and at Libreri Mapou, 5919 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL.

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The Little Haiti Book Festival will feature authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, literary panels and craft talks, workshops for writers, hands-on activities for children, a dance workshop and musical petting zoo, poetry, dance and music performances, and more.

The Little Haiti Book Festival relies on the generous support of Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami and Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, The FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Green Family Foundation, the Haitian Consulate, HALO (Haitian American Leadership Organization), Haitian Women of Miami, SANT LA, Libreri Mapou Bookstore, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, among others.

Thank you to our sponsors

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and partners

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for helping to make the 2018 Little Haiti Book Festival a success!


The Little Haiti Book Festival, (formerly known as the Haitian-Caribbean Book Festival) which has been presented in part by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami Inc., for the past five years, has partnered with Miami Dade College’s Miami Book Fair, widely considered to be the best book festival in the United States, and continues to count on the support of Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami and Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, The FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Green Family Foundation, the Haitian Consulate, HALO (Haitian American Leadership Organization), Haitian Women of Miami, SANT LA, Libreri Mapou Bookstore, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, among others.

Sosyete Koukouy of Miami
Established in 1985, Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc. (Sos*ye*te Koo*Kouy), is dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in the United States through education and arts and cultural presentations. Its mission is to preserve, perpetuate and present Haitian cultural performances and exhibitions to Creole and non-Creole speaking audiences.In support of that mission, Sosyete Koukouy presents and produces cultural programs that increase awareness of Haitian people, their language, rituals and traditions, and their deep roots in the African continent. It also produces programs that foster greater understanding between Haitian people and people of other diverse ethnicities, cultures and heritage; and foster respect for the arts and artists of Haiti, African and Caribbean by raising awareness of their historical and artistic contributions to the national and international cultural landscape. Contact: Jan Mapou: 305-757-9922

Past Events

May 2018
Saturday, May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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Haiti: Facts & Fiction / Ayiti: Verite Ak Fiksyon – Edwidge Danticat and Jacqueline Charles in Conversation

In English with simultaneous interpretation into Creole Fieldwork, immersion, interviews, and archival research: Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat, author of The Art of Death, and award-winning foreign correspondent Jacqueline Charles will discuss the role of research in their writing. How do they balance library research and lived experience? How do they make history and facts interesting? What are the possibilities for harm, inaccuracy, or success? Our keynote speakers will debate their methods and the ethics around their search for emotional,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Caribbean Marketplace
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, United States

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2018 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. This book festival, which features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. Simultaneous interpretation in English when appropriate. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

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Children’s Activities at the 2018 Little Haiti Book Festival: Timoun, Vin Danse!

Bring the Children for a Series of Interactive Cultural Activities With great power and presence, the drum remains Haiti’s most significant musical instrument. Not only is it the pulse of Haitian music, it also acts as a culturally significant tool for communication. Deeply rooted in the country’s African origins, the drum is used for both performative and symbolic dimensions of cultural communication within music and dance. This year’s inclusive program features a mix of Haitian and other Caribbean artists who share a strong African cultural influence,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 12:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Gallery
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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The Poetry in the Art of Wilfrid Daleus / Pwezi nan Zèv  Atistik Wilfrid Daleus

Miami poet Yaddyra Peralta will lead an Ekphrastic Poetry workshop, guiding you to look closely and describe the art of Haiti-born artist Wilfrid Daleus. Ekphrastic poetry (“poetry about art”) is written in response to an artwork, where the author comments on or interacts with the action of the work, or connects the art with some aspect of his/her life. It makes the reader, or listener, envision a work of art as if it were physically present, exploring the complex intersections between language and the visual arts.…

Sunday, May 6 @ 1:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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Contemporary Fanm Vanyan / Fanm Vanyan Jodi a

Despite the many limitations and expectations placed on women by Haitian society, women writers are finding their voices and inspiring others. Four motivational writers will offer a brief discussion of their varying journeys toward first-book publication, including manuscript preparation and working with their mentors. Each author will share their experience about what it takes to stand out from the crowd, explore the creative and practical possibilities of self-help writing, and discuss how they’ve broken free of cultural limitations and the (un)conscious biases that sometimes keep women from the transgressive act of writing honestly about their lives.…

Sunday, May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

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Publishing for Debut Authors / Piblikasyon pou Otè Debitan

The publishing industry is undergoing a momentous revolution, with independent publishing as a major force in the world of books. Book production is more accessible than ever, with a wide range of formats and options for authors to choose from. This workshop can prepare you to be part of this exciting future. A representative of Édition Delince will teach authors about the interactive steps involved in the process of a book launch. From conception and submission through editing, production,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 2:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul: Haiti’s Medicinal Herbs and Cuisine / Bay Kò a Manje, Nouri Nanm nan: Fèy Medisinal ak Manje Ayisyen

The Haitian proverb goes, Moun ki pa manje pou kò l pa janm grangou. This panel delves into the art of Haitian cuisine and folk medicine. A professional chef and a medical doctor explore the various ways that Haitians preserve the cooking traditions of the motherland and use medicinal food to heal both body and soul. With Frantz Delva, author of The Art of Healthy Eating: Let Food be Your Medicine and Nadège Fleurimond, author of Haiti Uncovered: A Regional Adventure into the Art of Haitian Cuisine. …

Sunday, May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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Haiti: Zombification and Identity / Ayiti: Zonbifikasyon ak Idantite

In Haiti, many believe that the dead sometimes rise. Others see zombies as a metaphor for Haiti’s disconcerting, stagnant realities: for the loss of control – or worse, the loss of faith and hope – experienced by those whose difficult lives keep them in a constant state of stupor. In this panel, three authors and scholars will take a scientific, economic, political and socio-religious approach in exploring and demystifying the concept of zombification as part of Haiti’s cultural and religious identity,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Community Room
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

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Proverbs and Comic Books / Pwovèb ak Liv Ti Komik (Bann Desinen)

The beauty of Haitian proverbs lies in the universality of their truth wisdom and truth. Writer Yanatha Desouvre, author of Roads to Redemption, and artist Thomas Logan, comic books editor at Sliver of Stone Magazine, will teach aspiring writers and artists how to use proverbs to blend fiction and art in exciting, innovative ways. Participants will learn to collaborate with colleagues who speak different languages of craft. When words and images enter into conversation with each other,…

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