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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2020 VILCEK PRIZE IN LITERATURE From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love. Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant. In these eight powerful, emotionally absorbing stories, a romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends; a marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences; a young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival; two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives; a baby's christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new; a man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose. This is the indelible work of a keen observer of the human heart--a master at her best.
In this 2 minute video, Danticat speaks about her childhood and her writing. This video was created for the Vilcek Foundation. Danticat was the receipient of the 2020 Vilcek Prize in Literature. The Vilcek Prizes are awarded to immigrants with a legacy of major accomplishments in the biomedical sciences and the arts and humanities.
What role did your family and community have in shaping you as a writer? Danticat answers this question in this 4 minute video for The American Writers Museum. This video clip is part of the museum's temporary exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today.
Edwidge Danticat speaks about Everything Inside
Edwidge Danticat and Aja Monet at Reading & Conversations event at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, March 2019 - Danticat is introduced by poet Aja Monet and then reads from of excerpt an excerpt from "Without Inspection," the last story in her 2019 short story collection Everything Inside. The audio for this event as well as the video for the conversation between Aja Monet and Edwidge Danticat can be found at the Lannan website.
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads an excerpt from her novel Home.
The Haitian American Dream examines the events and the forgotten stories of Haitian immigrants in the United States. In so doing, it explains the reasons behind the different waves of Haitian migration, its ongoing impacts, and upheavals so that, as Michel-Rolph Trouillot states, the stories of “the actors who participate in the production of history or any of the sites where that production” transpired are told.