Two book signings, exactly a month apart, relate to issues that concern Not in Our Town.
Edwidge Danticat, author of “Create Dangerously: the immigrant artist at work,” speaks at the Princeton Public Library on Friday, November 5, at 7 p.m. As part of the library’s Thinking Allowed series co-sponsored by Princeton University Press, the Haitian-American author talks about the extraordinary artists, writers and regular citizens who inspired her. As New York Times reviewer Amy Wilentz points out, Danticat’s diaspora conflict “is particularly painful in the case of writers and artists who live elsewhere but use Haitian material in their work.” Dandicat expresses feelings of shame, “because she writes from the diaspora and is therefore not sharing the pain and misery (and now disaster) that the people she fictionalizes have suffered.”
Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, will speak at Princeton University on Tuesday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m., sponsored by the Center for African American Studies. Her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” has had wildly enthusiastic reviews. with the New York Times calling it “a landmark piece of nonfiction.” The reviewer, Janet Maslin, says that Wilkerson “makes a case that people who left the South only to create hometown-based communities in new places are more like refugees than migrants: more closely tied to their old friends and families, more apt to form tight expatriate groups, more enduringly attached to the areas they left behind.”