Author Edwidge Danticat On Life As A Haitian Immigrant And Writing Her First Memoir

Mar 18, 2013

Books & Books bookstore owner Mitchell Kaplan speaks with award-winning author Edwidge Danticat about her experience as an Haitian immigrant living in Brooklyn, what it’s like to live in Miami now, and about writing the memoir Brother, I’m Dying (above).  Danticat wrote Brother, I’m Dying after the intense and emotional year her daughter was born, her father passed away, and her uncle died in immigration detention in Miami.  Below is a clip from 60 Minutes where Danticat talks about her uncle’s last days.

Her first novel was the critically acclaimed Breath, Eyes, Memory, which was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.  Danticat has written several novels, short story collections,  and a young adult novel.  She also was the associate producer for the films Courage and Pain (1996) and The Agronomist (2003). (-T.S.)

Funding for this episode was provided by the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.