Thursday, October 24, 7pm
Sheldon Concert Hall, SLU
The Saint Louis University Library Associates have announced that the award-winning Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, author of acclaimed books that include Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik?Krak! and The Dew Breaker, is the winner of the 2019 Saint Louis Literary Award to be celebrated Thursday, October 24. Register here.
For the past fifty years, the Library Associates has conferred the St. Louis Literary Award on the most important writers of our time and celebrate the contributions of literature in enriching our lives.
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including The Art of Death, a National Book Critics Circle finalist; Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times Notable Book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection; and Krik? Krak!, also a National Book Award finalist. A 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature winner and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.
Danticat, who has written a variety of fiction and non-fiction chronicling the lives of Haitian citizens, is a graduate of Brown University whose master’s thesis was released in 1994 as her debut novel Breath, Eyes, Memory and in 1998 was selected as an official book club pick by Oprah Winfrey.
In addition to her books, Danticat has also been recognized for her 2010 essay collection, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. She is also the recipient of an American Book Award (1999), a National Book Critics Circle Award (2007) and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2009).
This event is presented by The Saint Louis University Library Associates, for more information visit lib.slu.edu/literaryaward or call 314-977-3100.