An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Frankétienne
Haiti Cultural Exchange in collaboration with Archipelago Books and the Brooklyn Public Library present: Brooklyn Book Festival “Ready to Burst” with Frankétienne
Prolific Haitian poet, novelist, visual artist, playwright, and musician Frankétienne is joined by writer Madison Smartt Bell and translator Kaiama L. Glover for a discussion of Ready to Burst, Frankétienne’s sensitive critique of the Duvalier regime originally published in 1968 and appearing in English for the first time ever in a powerful translation by Kaiama L. Glover.
Considered by many to be the ‘father of Haitian letters,’ Frankétienne writes in both French and Haitian Creole and often juggles the two. His paintings have been exhibited internationally. An outspoken challenger of political oppression, Frankétienne was a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009 and, in 2010, was named a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
“His work can speak to the most intellectual person in the society as well as the most humble. It’s a very generous kind of genius he has, one I can’t imagine Haitian literature ever existing without.” — Edwidge Danticat
“The “burst” in “Ready to Burst”, also announces the eruption onto the scene of one of literature’s great figures [...] a magician of technique and feeling, in the tradition of a great family of writers like James Joyce, João Guimarães Rosa et Osman Lins.” — Rafael Lucas in his preface to the 2004 French edition of “Ready to Burst”
“Each of Frankétienne’s words builds a world of which every Haitian dreams.” — Emmelie Prophete, Haitian-American writer (Interview with Huffington Post)
Ready to Burst follows the lives of two young men and their individual attempts to make sense of the deeply troubled society surrounding them. An informed critique of the “brain drain” prompted by the Duvalier dictatorship, Ready to Burst is, in Frankétienne’s words, a portrait of “the extreme bitterness of doom in the face of the blind machinery of power.”
DATE / TIME: Friday, September 19th, 2014/ 7-9pm. Light refreshments will be served.
LOCATION: Five Myles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Google Map
Take the 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Franklin Ave.
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.
**Books will be available for sale.