Little Haiti Book Festival 2019

Li paj sa a an kreyòl.

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019. This book festival, which features 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.


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


FILM SCREENING

  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, MY UNIQUE AND ONLY LOVE. A film screening of Georges Corvington: Port-au-Prince, my Unique and Only love will be followed by a Q&A with Haitian filmmaker Arnold Antonin. (Auditorium, 11 a.m.)

WORKSHOPS

  • ON THE PAGE AND ONTHE STAGE. Workshop with seasoned storyteller Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis and well-established writer Fabienne Josaphat. (Community Room, 11 a.m.)
  • WORD WORKSHOP FOR TEENS. Writer and journalist Ebonie Ledbetter leads a writing workshop for teenagers on the complex issues of identity and belonging. (Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, 1:30 p.m.)
  • Writing for children? Learn children’s publishing tips FROM THE INSIDERS of EducaVision. (Community Room, 2 p.m.)
  • READING TOOLBOX FOR PARENTS Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, an expert in literacy teach parents how to engage in a routine of book sharing with their children. (Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, 3:00 p.m.)
  • GETTING THROUGH THE GATES. Ready to publish? Come meet prestigious literary agent Melissa Danaczko. (Community Room, 3:30 p.m.)

PANELS

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

  • There will be ART! Visit the KIDS ART-MAKING STUDIO all day for hands-on activities connecting literature to arts and craft with GOGO MOAD (Art-Making Studio, all day).
  • BOOKS FOR FREE! Courtesy of Miami Book Fair and The Children’s Trust’s Read to Learn Books for Free program. (Courtyard, all day)
  • STORYTELLING. Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat reads from My Mommy Medicine. (Art-Making Studio, 12 p.m.)
  • STORYTELLING. Cancer survivor Tamara B. Rodriguez reads from Hair to the Queen! (Art-Making Studio, 12:30 p.m.)
  • DANCE AND DRUMMING WORKSHOP with  Yanui, founder and choreographer of Tradisyon Lakou Lakay. (Art-Making Studio, 1:30 p.m.)
  • DANCE AND DRUMMING WORKSHOP with Inez Barlatier, a singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, recording artist, percussionist, folkloric dancer, actress and hand-drum instructor. (Art-Making Studio, 3 p.m.)
  • STORYTELLING. Stichiz, author of Tu Es Belle: You Are Beautiful: Abby’s Great Day, is a radio personality, an international award-winning entertainer, an artist on the rise, and a community champion. (Art-Making Studio, 4:30 p.m.)
  • STORYTELLING. Marie Ketsia’s books include Beauty Walks in Nature (2010), Songs from a Tower (2009), Keeper of the Sky (2007), One More Daughter, America (2006), Daughter of the House (2005), A Fish Called Tanga (2003), and I’ll Fly Away (1999).  (Art-Making Studio, 5:00 p.m.)

IN THE COURTYARD

  • THE RHYTHM FACTORY. Sing-a-long, move and groove with Michael Gil. (Courtyard, 12 p.m.)
  • DANCE PERFORMANCE with Inez Barlatier, a singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, recording artist, percussionist, folkloric dancer, actress and hand-drum instructor. (Courtyard, 12:30 p.m.)
  • POETIC LAKAY with Mecca Grimo Marcelin: Poetry, drumming and positive hip-hop with youth breakdancers. (Courtyard, 2:30 p.m.)
  • LETTERPRESS PRINTING DEMOS with Tom Virgin. (Courtyard, all day)
  • BOOKS FOR FREE! Courtesy of Miami Book Fair and The Children’s Trust’s Read to Learn Books for Free program. (Courtyard, all day)
  • DJ NICKYMIX (Courtyard, all day) 

Upcoming Events

May 2019

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

2019 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019. This book festival, which features 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, 212 NE 59 Ter. Miami,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Caribbean Marketplace
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, United States

An Island Luminous

An Island Luminous is a site to help readers learn about Haiti’s history. Created by historian Adam M. Silvia and hosted online by Digital Library of the Caribbean, An Island Luminous combines rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with commentary by over one hundred (100) authors from universities around the world. (all day event)…

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

Children’s Activities at the 2019 Little Haiti Book Festival: Timoun, Vin Danse!

Bring the Children for a Series of Interactive Cultural Activities This year’s inclusive program features a mix of Haitian and other Caribbean artists who share a strong African cultural influence, and the drum becomes the focal element that allows us to create a cultural bridge between Haiti and its Caribbean neighbors. Storytelling. Dance. Music. Visual arts. Through stories, movement, colors, and sound, our little ones will explore traditional Haitian customs in a fun and interactive way. Storytelling for Children 12 p.m.…

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Georges Corvington: Port-au-Prince, My Unique and Only Love

Georges Corvington: Port-au-Prince, my Unique and Only love is a documentary about Haitian Historian Georges Corvington, best known for his seven-volume work on the history of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, entitled Port-au-Prince Over the Years, which was published from 1970 to 1992. Corvington’s one passion: Port-au-Prince. He patiently tried to decode the city’s DNA and to recreate its urban genome. Buried under the rubble for hours after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Georges Corvington came out alive,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Community Room
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

On the Page and On the Stage (Storytelling workshop)

Haiti is known for its spellbinding storytelling traditions, with mesmerized crowds gathering around dynamic “conteurs” to listen to well-paced, unforgettable tales anchored in the country’s rich history and culture. You can become a skilled storyteller, too! In this workshop, professional storyteller Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis and well-established writer Fabienne Josaphat will teach (and demonstrate step-by-step) a series of practical tips for crafting entertaining Haitian stories on the page and adapt these same stories to a live audience; then, they’ll make a 180o turn to teach you how to adapt traditional,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 12:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

Storytelling with Edwidge Danticat

My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn’t feeling well. Award-winning memoirist Edwidge Danticat’s rich and lyrical text envelops the reader in the security of a mother’s love, and debut artist Shannon Wright’s vibrant art infuses the story with even more warmth.…

Sunday, May 5 @ 12:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

Storytelling with Tamara B. Rodriguez

Hair to the Queen! is a compassionate picture book that allows parents to engage with their children in a light-hearted discussusion about cancer. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, author Tamara B. Rodriguez wanted to talk about the disease with her two young daughters, but struggled to find the right words. Tamara wrote Hair to the Queen! to help families start the conversation.…

Sunday, May 5 @ 1:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

A Proverbial Education

A unique form of folklore, primarily oral in tradition, proverbs are expressions of wisdom passed down from generation to generation to impart common sense and valuable life lessons. Present in nearly every part of the globe, they constitute a powerful tool for educating a community on how to avoid mistakes of the past. Mgr. Pierre Andre Pierre, Prof. Max Manigat, and Dr. Emeline Alexis Schultz will discuss the importance of proverbial education in maintaining harmony in personal,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 1:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
225 NE 59th Street, Miami, FL 33137 United States

WORD Workshop for Teens

Writer and journalist Ebonie Ledbetter will lead a writing workshop for teenagers on the complex issues of identity and belonging. The students will learn elements of fiction and creative nonfiction to create pieces that are meant to be performed, heard, and experienced. They will learn how writing can be a tool for empowerment—giving voice to the voiceless who might otherwise be afraid to speak up or have been silenced in the face of discrimination and injustice. Focusing their writing on the Self,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 2:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Community Room
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

From the Insiders (Publishing workshop)

Writing for children? Learn children’s publishing tips FROM THE INSIDERS. This workshop is designed for aspiring writers and illustrators of Caribbean children’s picture books, but also for librarians, educators, parents and grandparents, and anyone simply with an interest in children’s picture books. The professionals at EducaVision will give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with producing, submitting, and selling a trade book. If you’re wondering how to write and illustrate a gripping and memorable picture book,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 2:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Perspectives on Vaudou Religion in Haiti

In Haiti, a wide array of religious groups coexist in harmony. Amongst all these religions, Vaudou carries the most notoriety, and has been instrumental in shaping Haitian culture. Vaudou guided the Haitian people through 300 years of slavery, and played an important role in the revolution that followed the Bwa Kayiman ceremony. Today, Vaudou  preserves the deep connection that exists between present-day Haiti and various African cultures. Dr. Jean Fils-Aimé, Prof. Jean-Claude Exulien, and Ms. Leonie Hermantin will discuss how Vaudou shaped Haitian society,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 3:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
225 NE 59th Street, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Reading Toolbox for Parents

Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, an expert in children and parent literacy, will teach parents how to engage in a routine of book sharing with their children, from birth to age 8, to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love for reading, and the literacy skills essential to school success. In this workshop, parents will learn specific hands-on strategies to bring language to life for children through proven developmentally appropriate activities. They will walk away with a “toolbox” of activity ideas and literacy games to use with their child.…

Sunday, May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Community Room
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Getting through the Gates (Publishing workshop)

Ready to publish? Agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Come meet prestigious literary agent Melissa Danaczko, who has developed and edited books that became New York Times bestsellers. Learn about agents and publishing options, query letters and synopses, and everything in between.  If you take your potential author career seriously, come meet Melissa to learn a success mindset and the best practices for putting together a professional submission package. (in English)…

Sunday, May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

Storytelling with Stichiz

In Tu Es Belle: You Are Beautiful: Abby’s Great Day, when kids make her feel bad about herself, Abby finds it hard to see her true beauty. However, with the help of Gifted Nate, all of that changes. Canadian-born to Haitian parents, author Stichiz is a radio personality, an international award-winning entertainer, an artist on the rise, and a community champion.…

Sunday, May 5 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Call to Action: Restavèk! Child Slavery in Haiti

They come from every part of Haiti. Most of them leave rural areas in pursuit of a better life in the city. They are called many names: Restavèk, bòn (maid), domestik (domestic servant), gason lakou (janitor), but in most parts of the world, they would be considered child-slaves. Prof. Claudy Delne, Dr. Goldsmith Dorval, and Ms. Gepsie Metellus will discuss the plight of the many Haitian child-slaves living and working in substandard conditions, and the economic and societal factors that lead parents to give up the responsibility of raising their children,…

Sunday, May 5 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, United States

Storytelling with Marie K. Theodore-Pharel

Marie K. Theodore-Pharel was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, and currently lives in Homestead, Florida with her children and husband. Her children’s books include Beauty Walks in Nature (2010), Songs from a Tower (2009), Keeper of the Sky (2007), One More Daughter, America (2006), Daughter of the House (2005), A Fish Called Tanga (2003), and I’ll Fly Away (1999).…

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