Why Noir, Why Now?

Recently, two of Haiti Noir’s authors, M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, authors of The Rainbow’s End and Mercy at the Gate, respectively, sat down to discuss Haiti Noir and the idea of locating the noir series in the Caribbean. As writers in the Haitian diaspora, they reflected on the responsibility of representing the homeland from an outside space. They also considered the ways noir has the potential to both enhance and trouble literary representations of Haiti. Check out the article: Why Noir, Why Now? Conversations on Haiti Noir with M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel Villalba, Carolina (2014) “Why Noir, Why Now? Conversations on Haiti Noir with M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel,” Anthurium:…

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Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction

I was a guest at the University of Miami today, along with author Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel. Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction. We were invited by Dr. Patricia Saunders. Professor Saunders’s research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared inThe Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas, The Journal of West Indian Literature and Small Axe. Her first book, titled Alien/Nation and Repatri(n)ation: Caribbean Literature and the Task of Translating Identity will be published by Lexington Books in 2007. This book traces the emergence of literary nationalisms in the Anglophone Caribbean region while mapping these transformations through discourses of…

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Recorded Event: Haiti Noir

Check out the recorded event, Haiti Noir: The Classics, featuring Edwidge Danticat, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and M.J. Fievre. M.J. contributed to the original best-selling Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), which comprised all new stories by today’s best Haitian authors. The new volume (Haiti Noir II: The Classics) collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and excerpts from longer works—and will be an integral piece to the understanding of how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume. M.J. was invited…

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Haiti Noir: The Classics

Since the other day I’ve been raving about “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince,” an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written, to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. The story was published on Akashic Books‘ website to celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat.  I was one of the contributors to “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince.” In fact, the six-part story is still online. The last installment will be published on February 7th. Writers include Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat herself! Well, Edwidge asked me to…

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Dark Days in Port-au-Prince

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This second installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir contributor M.J. Fievre. It appears TODAY, Friday, January 10, on www.akashicbooks.com. The plot thickens!

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Exquisite Corpse: Haiti Noir

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This first installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics contributor Roxane Gay. It appears TONIGHT, Friday, January 3, on…

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Miami Book Fair International: Haiti Noir, the Classics

Jan Becker, on The Florida Book Review: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:05 PM I stopped at the Akashic Books booth to see MJ Fievre who was signing their anthology Haiti Noir. That’s when I spied Edwidge Danticat, in the back of the booth, checking her phone. “Oh my God, MJ,” I squealed, “that’s Edwidge Danticat!” “Would you like me to take her picture with you?” MJ asked me. I don’t think I answered audibly, just nodded emphatically. Danticat is a gracious person. She posed for the photo with me, and listened to me babble at her about my enthusiasm for her non-fiction book  Create Dangerously, which I’ve just finished reading. She posed,…

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The Rainbow’s End: Around the Web

“My favorite pieces [in Haiti Noir] were the stories by M.J. Fievre, for its blunt honesty, and by Nadine Pinede.” Joy Castro “In M.J. Fievre’s Rainbow’s End, a comely eighteen year old realizes too late that she has got herself mixed up with the wrong boy…” Adi “The Rainbow’s End, by M.J. Fievre, is a father-daughter story that transcends the island’s borders to resonate with fathers and daughters everywhere.” Dindy Yokel   *   *   * From Madame Bavardages:

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The Rainbow’s End: Mention on Hip Magazine

“What we do care about are adolescents flirting with disaster, and hovering between the line of fun and danger, much like many of us have in the past. M.J. Fievre’s The Rainbow’s End captures the high stemming from a teenager’s defiance and the suspense comes from wondering what will Ben’s cold eyes and leery lips reveal next as he seductively steers Magda and Nelly away from common sense.” Haiti Noir review on Hip Magazine

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Haiti Noir at MOCA

Edwidge Danticat is joined Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami for a reading and discussion with contributing writers M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel on Saturday, January 22. The event is presented in collaboration with MOCA and Project Medishare. Haiti Noir is an original anthology featuring new stories by Danticat and others, set both before and after Haiti’s devastating earthquake. The inimitable Danticat, one of the truly great contemporary writers, brings her talents as an editor to Haiti Noir, a timely volume featuring stories set both before and after the devastating earthquake.

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Haiti Noir: “The Rainbow’s End”

M.J. contributed to Haiti Noir. “What we do care about are adolescents flirting with disaster, and hovering between the line of fun and danger, much like many of us have in the past. M.J. Fievre’s The Rainbow’s End captures the high stemming from a teenager’s defiance and the suspense comes from wondering what will Ben’s cold eyes and leery lips reveal next as he seductively steers Magda and Nelly away from common sense.” Haiti Noir review on Hip Magazine

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The Rainbow’s End: Mention on Kreyolicious

From Kreyolicious Magazine: M.J. Fièvre’s “The Rainbow’s End” recounts an episode in the life of a precocious teenager during the embargo-imposed 1990s and the older, reckless man of ill-gotten gains that she falls in lust with, while in Nadine Pinède’s “Departure Lounge”, a young Haitian expat in Cap Haitian, who has auditory comprehension of Kreyol, as she calls it, but full-blown comprehension of her culture she lacks not, collaborates with a Martha Stewart-esque mogul and cringes at her employer bringing a copy of Zora Neale Hurston’s book Tell My Horse, as her guide to Haiti. Haiti Noir is like an all you can eat spot, that makes you yearn to eat…

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