Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

(2014 selection)

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About Edwidge Danticat


ED-for-web-credit-Jonathan-Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  When she was 12 years old, Danticat and her brother emigrated to the United States to join their parents, who had moved to New York City when Danticat was a young child.  She attended junior high and high school in Brooklyn, and then received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Brown University.  Her master's thesis was a draft of her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, which was published in 1994 and became an Oprah Book Club selection in 1998. 

Prolific in her craft, Danticat has written plays, short fiction, novels, memoirs, essays, and books for young adults. She has edited anthologies, worked in literary translation, written an autobiography, and co-produced documentary films. Danticat's first collection of short stories, Krik? Krak!, was published in 1995 and named a National Book Award finalist.   In 1998, Danticat published her second novel, The Farming of Bones, for which she won the American Book Award. Danticat's next piece, After the Dance: A Walk through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, was described as part memoir and part travelogue and was published in 2002.  Her next work, The Dew Breaker, was published in 2004 and was a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. Danticat's memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was published in 2007 and was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as a National Book Award finalist.  In 2010, Danticat published Create Dangerously, a book that combines memoir and essay and winner of the first OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in Nonfiction.  Danticat's latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was published in spring of 2013.

Danticat has been a visiting professor of Creative Writing at New York University and the University of Miami.  She also has been an advocate for immigration reform, writing and speaking out about the treatment of immigration detainees.  She has been a frequent contributor to various periodicals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Granta.  In 2009, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. In 2012, she played a leading role in the feature film Stones in the Sun, which was filmed in New York and Haiti. Danticat currently lives in Miami with her husband and two daughters.

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The Guardian: Profile - Edwidge Danticat

The Morning News: Edwidge Danticat

New York Times Sunday Book Review: Edwidge Danticat - By the Book 

Edwidge Danticat and Claire of the Sea Light (2013)

Ebony: Edwidge Danticat Sheds ‘Light’ on Haiti

Guernica: The Art of Not Belonging - Dwyer Murphy Interviews Edwidge Danticat

Minnesota Pubic Radio, Talking Volumes: Edwidge Danticat on 'Claire of the Sea Light'

NPR, Weekend Edition Sunday: Haitian Youth Illuminated In 'Sea Light'

PBS: Tavis Smiley Interview With Edwidge Danticat

PBS Newshour: Edwidge Danticat on Using Writing to Reach the Past, Look Forward, Solve Problems

PRI: Haitian Novelist Edwidge Danticat Talks Love, Loss and the Power of Radio

Public Libraries Online: Maneuvering Myself Around a Scene - A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

Publishers Weekly: Exploring from Within - PW Talks with Edwidge Danticat

Tampa Bay Times: Edwidge Danticat speaks, writes of the consuming love of parents

Edwidge Danticat and Create Dangerously (2010)

Guernica: We Are All Going to Die - Nathalie Handal interviews Edwidge Danticat

Wild River Review: Interview - Create Dangerously- A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat and Brother, I'm Dying (2007)

CUNY Television, One to One: Edwige Danticat, author, Brother, I'm Dying

Democracy Now: In New Memoir, Award-Winning Haitian Novelist Edwidge Danticat Chronicles Death of Her Uncle at Federal Immigration Jail

NPR, All Things Considered: Haitian Immigrant's Memoir Honors Two Fathers (audio)

NPR, Fresh Air: Edwidge Danticat, Dealing With Birth and Death (audio)

Washington Post: Edwidge Danticat talks about her family and ‘Brother, I’m Dying’

Edwidge Danticat and The Dew Breaker (2004)

BookBrowse: An Interview with Edwidge Danticat

PBS NewsHour: The Dew Breaker

The Progressive: Edwidge Danticat Interview

Edwidge Danticat in the News

"Edwidge Danticat urges awareness of "Birthright Crisis" in D.R." (January 4, 2014)

"Edwidge Danticat: Haitian ‘Dreamers’ in Dominican Republic shut out of citizenship." Miami Herald. December 14, 2013.

"Op-Ed: In the Dominican Republic, suddenly stateless - Dominicans of Haitian descent are losing their citizenship as their nation reinstates an old form of racism." Los Angeles Times. November 10, 2013.



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