En tête-à-tête: Lyonel Trouillot - "Kannjawou" - Bastien Craipain

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Lyonel Trouillot

Lyonel Trouillot discusses Kannjawou: A Novel of Haiti. He will be joined in discussion by Bastien Craipain. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the France Chicago Center, and the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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About the book: In this energetic celebration of Haiti and its capital in the early 2000s, Trouillot embodies the nation's indomitable spirit. The anonymous, world-weary, 20-something male narrator keenly depicts a country entering a new era after years of dictatorship and the chaos wrought by the most recent foreign arrivals: the international peace-keeping forces sent to restore order after the departure of the U.S. Marines. In Kannjawou, Trouillot has penned a love song and a swan song to that era of dispersion for Haiti's people, who, even when they are far from home carry with them the kannjawou spirit.

About the author: Lyonel Trouillot is a Haitian novelist, poet, journalist, and professor of literature. At 14, he and his mother moved to the United States from Haiti. He returned at 19, at a time when those who could flee were making the opposite journey. Trouillot is the author of 11 novels, two essays and a book of poetry. His La belle amour humaine was shortlisted for the Goncourt in 2011 and received the Grand Prix du Roman Métis (2011), the Geneva Book Fair Literary Prize (2012), and the Gitanjali Literary Prize (2012). That same year, he was awarded the Prix Wepler for his novel Yanvalou pour Charlie, and in 2013, he was awarded the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde for Parabole du failli.

About the interlocutor: Bastien is a native of Rochefort-sur-Mer, France. He joined the PhD program at the University of Chicago in Fall 2013 to study nineteenth and twentieth-century French and Francophone literatures. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection of literature and the social sciences with regard to historical processes of racial emancipation and national construction. Currently, he is exploring how late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Haitian intellectuals and writers engaged with anthropology to challenge the production of racist discourses and protest the logic of racial domination.

About the series: The En tête-à-tête series is an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books in French language. The series is a part of the Seminary Co-op French Corner project, supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. Learn more about the En tête-à-tête series here.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637