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Announcing the One Book One U selection for Spring 2020:
Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying.

Join us for a public speaking event with Danticat:
Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm at the Kislak Center
One Book Author Event
From the NEA’s Big Read site: “Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying tells the true story of the author's uncle and father as they work to build a future for themselves and their families—one brother in Haiti and the other in America. When the book opens, the author is a grown woman living in Miami, and she learns, over the course of a single day, that her father is dying and that she is pregnant with her first child. Just weeks later, her beloved Uncle Joseph seeks asylum in the United States and experiences brutal treatment. Told through Danticat's singular voice, these events set the stage for a powerful tale of loss and remembrance.”

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written six books for children and young adults, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama's Nightingale, Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow.

Schedule of One Book, One U Events:
Aug. 2019-May 2020: Ansanm/Together: Building a Haitian Heritage Collection
on display at the Kislak Center
Nov. 17-24:  Miami Book Fair Events with Edwidge Danticat
Miami Dade College
Danticat will have a significant presence at the Miami Book Fair this year, including moderating "Caribbean Writers: Race, Gender, and Representation," on November 23, "Edwidge Danticat and Richard Blanco: A Conversation," on November 24, and her participation in the Wembly Author's tent, featuring her new children's book "Mommy Medicine" on November 24th. Learn more and download the fair guide at
Feb. 6: Screening of “Liberty in a Soup”
Cosford Cinema
Every January 1st, in celebration of their independence, Haitian families gather to celebrate their freedom with a soup. The film narrates and documents the filmmaker’s journey to Haiti in an effort to understand this tradition in the context of the Haitian revolution and its role in the development of modern humanity. Discussion to follow.
Presented by the Cosford Cinema and the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change.
Feb. 13: Screening of “La Belle Vie”
Cosford Cinema

The film features Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of Haitian society as it pertains to its political and economic dichotomy. Using her own family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rationale behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience. Discussion with Salnave to follow.
Presented by the Cosford Cinema and the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change.
Feb. 20: Screening of “My Father’s Land”
Cosford Cinema
My Father's Land is a feature documentary, which explores the life of Papa Jah, a humble Haitian Bushman who must return from the Bahamas to his hometown in Haiti after falling ill. Discussion to follow.
Presented by the Cosford Cinema and the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change
Feb. 27: Pre-Keynote Gathering with UM’s Women’s Commission
Location and time: TBA
Join the UM Women’s Commission for an informal gathering and light refreshments prior to attending the Feb 27th event with Edwidge Danticat. For more information or to RSVP please email Founded in 1971 by a group of eleven strong women, the commission is committed to encouraging a general awareness of women's needs and interests and developing educational opportunities about issues confronting women.
Presented by the UM Women’s Commission
Feb. 27: Keynote Event with Author Edwidge Danticat
Kislak Center
Join the One Book, One U program to hear Danticat discuss her book, Brother, I’m Dying. This event is free and open to the public. Please register here by Monday, February 24. A reception with the author will follow. FREE COPIES of the book will be available while supplies last and additional copies will be available for purchase.
Mar. 3: Panel Discussion on Immigration and Identity: Families, Schools, & Communities
Location: TBA
Presented by the School of Education and Human Development
Mar. 3: Student-Led Discussion with Edwidge Danticat
Time: TBA
Presented by Sigma Tau Delta, Planet Kreyol, and the One Book, One U program
Sigma Tau Delta and Planet Kreyol will host a discussion with author, Edwidge Danticat. Homemade Haitian food will be served. Check back for more details.
Free Community Day Featuring Artist, Jacob Lawrence.
Location and time: TBA
As part of their Free Community Day series designed for families, the Lowe Art Museum will highlight the exhibition, History, Labor, and Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence’s work includes 41 prints focused on The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the leader of Haiti’s independence movement. This Free Community Day will also include a special reading of one of Edwidge Danticat’s children’s books. Check back for more details!
Presented by the Lowe Art Museum

Panel Discussion on Detention and Deportation of Haitian immigrants in Miami
Location and time: TBA
Hosted by UM School of Law

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UM Libraries
Office of Institutional Culture
Center for the Humanities
Creative Writing Program
The Law School
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas
Department of Student Activities & Student Organizations
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Cosford Cinema
Center for Communication, Culture, and Change
Modern Languages and Literature
Lowe Art Museum
Sigma Tau Delta
Planet Kreyol
Educational and Psychological Studies/Human and Social Development Program
School of Education and Human Development
Women's Commission
The Creative Writing Ambassadors