Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair, in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., presents the Little Haiti Book Festival, a vibrant cultural experience that introduces and promotes writers, booksellers and performers from the island nation. This event will take place on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and the adjacent Libreri Mapou in Miami, in great part due to the generosity of the Green Family Foundation. Activities are free and open to the public.
As part of the Fair’s ReadCaribbean program, which elevates cultural and literary initiatives and writers from the region, the 2019 Little Haiti Book Festival will feature authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, readings and discussions, and creative writing and publishing workshops for teens and adults.
This year’s panels include:
- A Proverbial Education: The Use of Proverbs as a Powerful Tool for Community Advancement, withMax Manigat, Mgr. Pierre André Pierre, and Dr. Emeline Alexis Schultz
- Perspectives on Vaudou Religion in Haiti, with Jean Fils-Aimé, Prof. Jean-Claude Exulien, and Ms. Leonie Hermantin
- Call to Action: Restavèk! Child Slavery in Haiti, with Claudy Delné, Dr. Goldsmith Dorval, and Ms. Gepsie Metellus
This year’s workshops include:
- On the Page and On the Stage: A storytelling workshop with Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis and Fabienne Josaphat
- From the Insiders: A children’s book publishing workshop with EducaVision
- Getting Through the Gates: A Q&A session with literary agent Melissa Danaczko
- WORD creative writing workshop for teens (fiction and nonfiction) with Ebonie Ledbetter
- How to Read with Kids: A reading toolbox for parents with Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis
Visitors will also enjoy music with DJ Nickymix and musician Michael Gil; dance performances by NSL Dance Ensemble; letterpress printing demos with Tom Virgin; and Caribbean cuisine. The children’s program will include hands-on learning through crafts, with the Museum of Art and Design; folkloric storytelling and drumming with Inez Barlatier and Tradisyon Lakou Lakay; and free books, thanks to Miami Book Fair’s Read to Learn Books for Free program. Storytellers include Edwidge Danticat, Tamara B. Rodriguez, Stichiz, and Marie K. Théodore-Pharel.
The Little Haiti Book Festival which has been presented in part by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami Inc. for the past five years, continues to have the support of The FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Green Family Foundation, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami and Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, and Libreri Mapou bookstore, among others.