ReadCaribbean – 2017

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.

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Past Events

November 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race, Identity and Politics in Latin America

Multi-ethnicity, Racelessness, Indigenismo. These are some terms of identity that have masked the ways that anti-Blackness and ambivalence, if not full resistance to Latin America’s African roots, have evolved in nations across the region. With attention to its historic roots, contemporary manifestations, and present-day movements, these authors offer compelling insight into the ways that race, identity and politics have intersected in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. With with Devyn Spence Benson (Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution),

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Haiti: Sovereignty & Ownership

The world’s first independent black republic, Haiti was forged in the fire of history’s only successful slave revolution. Yet more than two hundred years later, the full promise of the revolution—a free country and a free people—remains unfulfilled. Domestic forces have certainly contributed to Haiti’s turbulence. However, external actors, including the United States, the United Nations, and non-profits have always wielded considerable influence on Haiti’s past and her present. This panel will examine how this outside influence affected the country’s notions of sovereignty and its citizens’ efforts to build a truly independent country.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Caribbean Voices in Circulation

This panel emphasizes the power and imperativeness of allowing voices from the Caribbean to be heard as widely as possible. The circulation of Caribbean voices is featured here pertains among many things to: 1) the translation of Caribbean’s literary giants, female and male, into English (both past and present); and, 2) to what has happened when voices from Caribbean have defied odds to be heard. With Kaiama Glover, Aliyyah Eniath Hosein, Helen Klonaris, and Kei Miller. ReadCaribbean programs created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Trinidad Noir: The Classics

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographic area of the book. Now, two of Trinidad’s top writers masterfully curate this literary retrospective of the nation’s best writing over the past century. With co-editor of the collection, Robert Antoni, and contributors Barbara Jenkins, Shani Mootoo, and Elizabeth Nunez. ReadCaribbean programs created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

80th Anniversary Session of the 1937 Anti-Haitian Massacre in the Dominican Republic: Reflections on the Past on behalf of the Future

As a means of making this fall’s anniversary a meaningful and constructive one, this panel features original and hard-hitting perspectives about Haitian-Dominican relations, and the significance of the history of genocide that took place on the island. These authors introduce new evidence from the nineteenth-century to the present, including the 1937 massacre, to offer insights about race, nation-building, and freedom struggles that resonate beyond Hispañola’s borders. With Edwidge Danticat, Anne Eller and Edward Paulino.  ReadCaribbean programs created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy,…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Pwezi: Vwa Kreyòl /Poetry: Haitian Creole Voices in Circulation

Yon prezantasyon an kreyòl, avèk entèpretasyon annanglè an menm tan/ Presented in Kreyòl Ayisyen, with simultaneous English translation Yon pànèl powèt kontanporen ki gen rasin yo nan Kanada, Kiba, ak Srilanka pral debat sou sèten fòm pwezi ki egziste an kreyòl e prezante aspè inivèsèl pwezi ayisyen an. Avèk Indran Amirthanayagam, Emmanuel Eugène, Yvon Lamour. A ReadCaribbean panel of contemporary poets with ties to Canada, Cuba, and Sri-Lanka detail their exploration of poetic forms in Kreyòl and their reflections on the universality of Haitian poetry.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Voix de la Caraïbe / “Caribbean: Illuminate!”

En français, avec interprétation simultanée en anglais/In French, with simultaneous interpretation into English Dans le cadre de ReadCaribbean, une série très appréciée de présentations se déroulant toute l’année, cette table ronde (stoïque, provocante, parfois gênante, mais certainement enthousiasmante) porte sur la littérature et l’histoire caribéennes. Divers auteurs d’Haïti, de la Guadeloupe, de la Martinique et de la Guyane Française discuteront de leurs œuvres, ainsi que de leurs expériences – vécues, mais aussi héritées de l’histoire – afin de faire la lumière sur leurs réalités respectives et d’accompagner le public dans un voyage à travers les nombreux chapitres de la vie et de l’histoire modernes de la Caraïbe.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8525 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Ayiti: Eritaj Politik Ewo Istorik Nou yo/Political Legacy of Our Historical Heroes

(yon prezantasyon an kreyòl, avèk entèpretasyon annanglè an menm tan) Presented in Kreyòl Ayisyen, with simultaneous English translation Pànèl ReadCaribbean sa a ap egzamine kwasans politik Ayiti, soti depi lendepandans peyi an nan lane 1804, rive alèkile yo. Otè yo pral fè deba sou kokennchenn transfòmasyon ki fèt nan peyi a nan syèk ki sot pase yo.  Y ap esplike tandans jeneral ki genyen nan listwa Ayiti, e y ap fè nou konprann trajektwa entelektyèl ak politik zile an. Avèk Bayyinah E.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

ReadCaribbean presents Poets from Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad

Shara McCallum’s fifth poetry book, Madwoman, explores the world of relationships, race, and colonialism through the lens of her Jamaican womanhood. Canouan Suite and Other Pieces reflects Philip Nanton’s storytelling humor, setting text in creative tension with Caribbean artwork. In Voices Carry, Mervyn Taylor presents poems that travelers unpack like suitcases from Pakistan, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, far from what used to be home. ReadCaribbean programs created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy, Ayiti Images,…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readcaribbean Presents Mervyn Morris in Conversation with Kwame Dawes. Moderated by Geoffrey Philp

ReadCaribbean ap prezante Mervyn Morris an konvèsasyon avèk Kwame Dawes. Moderatè: Geoffrey Philp. (In English, with simultaneous interpretation into Haitian Creole/yon prezantasyon an annanglè, avèk entèpretasyon kreyòl an menm tan) Former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris presents half a century of poetry with an intense musicality in Peelin Orange: Collected Poems, reinventing how universals can inhere in the local, the incarnation in a Caribbean setting. Kwame Dawes’s City of Bone haunts us with its own musicality,…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Tansyon nan Verite Listwa Ayiti/ Tensions in the Truths of Haitian History

(yon prezantasyon an kreyòl, avèk entèpretasyon annanglè an menm tan) Presented in Kreyòl Ayisyen, with simultaneous English translation Pànèl ReadCaribbean sa a pral analize tansyon ki egziste osen sosyete nou an, akòz santiman ki an divèjans depi digdantan nan listwa peyi Dayiti – onivo sosyal e ekonomik, epitou osen anviwònman natirèl peyi a. Otè yo ap konsantre sou defas yon menm verite, tankou paregzanp: jan yon moun kapab pale Vodou mal epoutan li nan Vodou; santiman sa bay lè ou fè pati yon sosyete epoutan ou alamaj menm sosyete sa a;…

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