VENUE: Brooklyn Public Library
ADDRESS: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Speaking from Brooklyn Public Library's historic Central Library lobby, celebrated author Edwidge Danticat will answer questions regarding what she believes are the most precarious issues of our lives. In a message entitled "How Not to Die," which will be available as a hand-printed chapbook, Danticat discusses the yearning for wellness, health and continuity in light of Danticat's and her loved ones' brushes with mortality.
Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including The Farming of Bones, Krik? Krak! and Breath, Eyes, Memory. 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. Danticat is a 2009 MacArthur fellow.
Breakout session leaders:
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is currently working on her first anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, to be published by Random House in October 2018. Glory serves on the board of New York City's Housing Works Bookstore and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, an actor, an activist, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. With Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, she is the Co-Founder of The Federation: a coalition of artists, organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open and showing how art unites us (wearethefederation.org). For more than a decade, she has been Producer for Aubin Pictures, founded by Catherine Gund. Most recently, she has been Executive Video Producer/Director for GLAMOUR Women of the Year and Planned Parenthood. She is the author of THE BIG LIE: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock. Tanya received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Chinese language and legal history from Harvard University. tanyaturnsup.com