Best Writer (2011)

Edwidge Danticat

Two of Edwidge Danticat's books (Krik? Krak! and Brother, I'm Dying) have been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award, one (The Farming of the Bones) won an American Book Award, and Brother, I'm Dying won the National Critics Book Circle Award. Danticat is the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, and her books have been translated into a number of languages, including French, Spanish, Korean, German, Italian, and Swedish. And she lives right here in Miami. At a time when Haiti is deeply suffering, this Port-au-Prince native has been one of its most eloquent voices, chronicling the daily struggles and triumphs of her countrymen both here and at home. Danticat began writing as a "lonely little girl" on a "notebook made out of discarded fish wrappers [and] panty-hose cardboard" on an island where "writers don't leave any mark in the world." Don't believe everything you read. At age 42, this writer has already left her mark.


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