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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spotlight on Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat is an award winning Haitian-American Brown Girl author born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Brooklyn, New York beginning at the age of 12 in a heavily Haitian American neighborhood.  She received a BA in French literature from Barnard College and in 1993, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University.  An author of numerous books and writings, her novel - Breath, Eyes, Memory - was published when Danticat was only twenty-five years old and began as an essay of her childhood in Haiti and her move as a young girl to New York City.  Her works have been translated into 10 languages and Breath, Eyes, Memory was an Oprah's Book Club selection.  A 2009 MacArthur Fellow, Danticat received a $500,000 no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.  For more information about Edwidge Danticat, please click here and here.

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