Council Chambers: 2:45—3:30pm

Edwidge Danticat is one of the most mesmerizing of American contemporary writers. Danticat masterfully blends magnetic Haitian imagination with a sharp, uncompromising look at human behaviors. The result is  a dream-like, rich, strikingly emotional account of our lives. Edwidge Danticat will discuss her native background, her take on contemporary literature and the role of the writer in modern communities. 

EDWIDGE DANTICAT’s novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was an Oprah Book Club selection. Her novel Krik? Krak! was a National Book Award finalist. 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. Her latest novel is Claire of the Sea Light.

LASZLO JAKAB ORSOS is director of PEN American Center World Voices Festival. He is the founder of Hungary’s leading contemporary literary journal, and has produced and hosted cultural programs and talk shows for television in Hungary and Europe. He has also served as a board member at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and is currently an advisory board member at Human Rights Watch and Creative Time, a New York-based public art organization.