Edwidge Danticat, 38th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



North Cafeteria, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

A powerful and widely celebrated voice in contemporary fiction, Haitian American bestselling author and social activist Edwidge Danticat has written 10 books and has received numerous awards and honors. Her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was selected for Oprah's Book Club and led to Danticat's recognition, at 25, as a shining new literary talent. Her newest book, Claire of the Sea Light, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. Previous works include Brother, I'm Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a National Book Award finalist, Krik? Krakl, a National Book Award finalist; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. Danticat received a MacArthur "Genius Grant” and has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere.


Danticat was also the President's Lecture Series speaker and read on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Video is available in the President's Lecture Series site: https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/pls/42/

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