October 26th, 2010

LISTEN: Author Edwidge Danticat on Writing, Reading & Haitian Children

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Edwidge Danticat is an award-winning Haitian-American author. She has recently come out with a new children’s book called Eight Days, which tells the story of a little boy daydreaming about his life in Haiti while he is trapped under his house for eight days following the earthquake. Ms. Danticat supports Li Li Li and has read with the children on one of her trips to Haiti.  She did not read her new book with the children from Li Li Li, saying that she didn’t want to “spring it on them” and then leave (Li Li Li does not, at the moment, have psychological supports for the children it serves). She did, however, read the book at an International Rescue Committee “child-friendly space” after the children received some psychological preparation. Listen to Ms. Danticat talk about her experience reading Eight Days to Haitian children who were traumatized by the earthquake.

Purchase Edwidge Danticat’s book Eight Days on Amazon.

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