On Wednesday, I discussed the release of my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, on The Marc Bernier Show. The show airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 93.5FM/1150AM WNDB Daytona Beach, Florida. A recording of the show is now posted on Marc’s website.
A Sky the Color of Chaos chronicles my childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when I was eight-years-old to eighteen, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation.
The book comes out this month, at the Miami Book Fair.
On Saturday, November 21, I will be part of two panels in connection to the book. Around noon, I’m joining writers Hector Duarte Jr., Fabienne S. Josaphat, and Katia D. Ulysse to discuss Haiti’s recent history, viewed through the prism of literature — from the days of Papa Doc Duvalier, to the tumultuous reign of President Aristide, to the earthquake that displaced more than 1.5 million people. (Event: “Land of Upheaval: A Literary Journey Through Haiti’s Modern History“)
Later that afternoon, I’ll take part to The World Over: Memoirs of Place, with Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Nikki Moustaki, and Suki Kim. I’m hoping to bring to life the horrors and the beauty of growing up in Aristide-era Haiti.
On Sunday, I’m reading at Sunday Salon with Orange Island Art Foundation. This event will feature readings from Florida writers James Tabard, Cecilia Fernandez, and myself, who have all been published by the indie press Beating Windward Press.