MAY 23 & 24 — Little Haiti Cultural Complex

“It’s important that people discover this area called Little Haiti” says Jan Mapou, owner of Libreri Mapou and founder of Sosyete Koukouy. “Whatever happens here in the next five or 10 years, we have to preserve our culture. We have to preserve our history.”

On that note, Sosyete Koukouy’s annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair is back. Part of a boom in literary culture in South Florida, more than 100 vendors and authors have signed up to participate in a day of music, Caribbean food, workshops and lectures. There will also be activities for kids, including magic and puppet shows.

The fair kicks off Saturday with an opening reception at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and will include a tribute to Dr. Gérard Férère, retired professor emeritus at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light and other novels as well as the memoir Brother, I’m Dying; and Bernard Diederich, who has written extensively on the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime.

Miami Herald

Sunday the festivities continue from 10AM to 6PM with authors and vendors set up along NE 2nd Ave and NE 59th Terrace in Little Haiti. A children’s corner includes dancing, storytelling, and traditional Haitian music, food, and workshops for all to enjoy. Admission is free. Opening reception is from 6PM to 10PM on Saturday.

“I think having these landmark events also allows people in other communities to get to know something about us other than what’s on the news. Some of the most powerful things Haiti has are visual arts and literature and music. This gives us something to share.”

—Edwidge Dandicat

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