An Evening with Edwidge Danticat by Elena Colás

Chicago Literati

The crowd in the Pritzker Auditorium of Harold Washington Library was made up of about equal parts college students and elderly ladies, the two pillars of the public library system. I found myself with a renewed gratitude for both of them by the end of the evening, after listening to Haitian-American author, MacArthur fellow and mother of two, Edwidge Danticat, read from her latest novel and reflect on her writing life thus far. Her conversation was part of the 19th annual StoryWeek, a festival of authors hosted and organized by the Columbia College Creative Writing Department. This week’s theme is “The Power of Words,” and I am happy to report that Danticat is using her extraordinary powers for good.

She called a hearty “bonsoir!” to the audience, many of whom answered back, to her delight.  Fun fact for the reader, the founder of our city was Haitian and to…

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