Edwidge Danticat

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11/29/2007 11:15 AM |

Edwige Danticat, the Haitian-born, (partially) Brooklyn-raised National Book Award nominee, reads tonight from her newest work, the memoir Brother, I’m Dying, at the the Barnes & Noble in Union Square at 7pm. She’s terrific. It’s free. I haven’t yet read this, but Krik? Krak! and Breath, Eyes, Memory (an Oprah Book Club pick!) were nimble and affecting and excellent, and I can’t imagine this is a stumble. It’s about her early childhood in Haiti, when her parents emigrated to New York and she and her siblings were left behind with her uncle Joseph, who then developed cancer. That’s a really feeble summary. But she’s a phenomenal writer, and this is a real treat. It’s nice how readings from famous writers are almost always free, but I guess that’s because most people wouldn’t pay for them because books are heavy.