“So Spoke the Earth” at Libreri Mapou

On January 27, 2013, the contributors of  SO SPOKE THE EARTH were at Libreri Mapou, 5919 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137, to read from the multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti. SO SPOKE THE EARTH explores the country’s past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants over the past four decades. Presenting each work in its original language (English, French, and Haitian Creole), the book features the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their attempts to grapple with the impact left on them by their personal experiences with the island-nation. Through various narratives and poems, the literary legacy and unique history of the…

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(It’s More than Just) Cooking with Liliane

On Saturday, I had the privilege to attend a cooking class taught by accomplished Haitian chef and storyteller Liliane Louis, author of When Night Falls, Kric! Krac! (Libraries Unlimited, 1999).The full menu included white rice, red beans puree, and Haitian legumes. A dozen students learned how to handle live crabs. In the small kitchen, I was surrounded by scents—the colorful spices were dancing the merengue in the boiling pot, their sensual aroma engulfing me, taking me back to the happy days of my childhood, when I climbed on wooden chairs to watch Mother make the legumes on special occasions. My friend Mahalia stood by the pot, smiling slightly, delighted…

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The Next Big Thing: A Haitian Childhood

As part of ‘The Next Big Thing Blog Hop,’  I was tagged by Sheree L. Greer, talented author of the short story collection Once and Future Lovers, and whose work has appeared in Best Lesbian Romance 2012. The purpose of this hop is to expose folks to writers whose work perhaps they haven’t heard of, whether a new release (story, novel, novella, etc) or a Work in Progress (WIP). According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP and then at the bottom of the post, I’ll list a writer who…

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B&G Orchids: A Family Affair

Mesmerizing and seductive, orchids have become one of the most popular houseplants of all time. Last September, B&G Orchids opened its doors in Miami, offering insight into the mystery of these spectacular flowers in a large variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Although the gorgeous nursery is mostly run by Bernard Lavaud and his mother Gladys who share a passion for the fascinating world of orchids, B&G Orchids involves all the members of a close-knit family. Behind the scene, there’s Ralph, the oldest of the three Lavaud brothers, serving as the webmaster of bgorchids.com. And then, there’s Claude, the charismatic Public Relations officer. As for Jean, Gladys’ husband,…

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One Moore Book: The Haiti Series

My trilingual children’s book, I am Riding, is getting published by One Moore Book as part of the Haiti Series, a collection of six stories that feature the vibrant culture and people of the Republic of Haiti! The  launch will be an art exhibition featuring illustrators of the Haiti Series, including Edouard Duval Carrie. See you in New York on the 26th of January (flyer at the end of this entry). Enjoy this interview with Wayétu Moore, Co-founder and Publisher of One Moore Book, a company that produces and publishes stories for children of countries with low literacy rates. She received her BA in journalism from Howard University, and her MA…

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Remembering 01/12/10

Remembering January 12, 2010: A Multi-Lingual Presentation. Books & Books, in Coral Gables. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 7 PM. FOCUS ON HAITI: On January 12, 2010, in Haiti, there was a terrible noise of earth shaking and houses cracking. And then the cries of men and women, and a great dust cloud taking Port-au-Prince in its fist. On January 12, 2013, the Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc. were be at Books & Books, in Coral Gables, to read from the Haiti anthology SO SPOKE THE EARTH. SO SPOKE THE EARTH is a multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti that explores its past, present and future as…

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