Does Publishing Exacerbate the Cliche that Haiti is Cursed?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing industry has certainly done its part to help Haiti, donating half a million dollars to relief agencies in the days following the disaster, there have been charity books, and more. But one of the issues is that it seems that the writing about the island that draws the most attention underscores the misery, deprivation and …

Haitian Authors Star at France’s Etonnants Voyageurs Festival

In English Language by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije SAINT-MALO: This past weekend, the 21st edition of the French literary and film festival Etonnants Voyageurs took place in Saint-Malo, Brittany. While Russia, with an impressive line-up of authors and films was the guest of honor, Haitian writers played the starring role. Last January the second Haitian edition of the festival was just about to begin in …

Georges Anglade, PEN Haiti Founder, RIP

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Among those killed in this week’s earthquake in Haiti was Georges Anglade, a Haitian-Canadian scholar, writer, and politician, who in 2008 founded PEN Haiti. He was the author of numerous books, including the satire What If Haiti Declared War on the U.S.A.? and five collections of lodyans, a Haitian narrative genre of “dwarf-sized sagas,” including the 2006 …