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Engineer to Start Self-Sustaining Book Publisher in Haiti

Ron Moore (72), a traveling engineer and a resident of Forest Lake, Indianapolis, following his graduation from Purdue University started his international travel career in the Dominican Republic. After working there with Peace Corp for three years, he went to Bolivia on a USAID program for two years. The next twenty years he had worked with Johnson Filtration Systems as the Director of Latin American operations, but worked worldwide with designing and installing sanitary systems for his company and had met the natives of some 60 countries. In 1995, he started his own White Bear Lake-based sewer and water business 'Hidrocare Inc.' Since 2008, he has made over 15 trips to Haiti and started learning Creole.

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Haitian Caribbean Book Fair by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami

The joy of reading books can't be described in words. It's something that you understand only by real experience. Most readers report a better understanding of other people's feeling. They have a greater capacity for empathy and it is easier to make decisions, and prioritizing plans. Book fairs play a greater role in encouraging the reading habit among people of all age groups.

During the last week of May on 23 & 24, the Haitian authors will celebrate the third annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti under sponsorship of Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, with support from and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knights Arts Challenge, and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami and Commissioner Keon Hardemon. Sosyete Koukouy, Inc is a cultural and artistic organization founded in 1985, dedicated to the advancement of Haitian culture in the United States through education, arts, and cultural presentations for Haitians in South Florida and beyond. The organization is celebrating its own 30th anniversary this year.

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Third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

During the last week of May on 23 & 24, Haitian families turned out for the third annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami under sponsorship of Sosyete Koukouy. Sosyete Koukouy of Miami is a group dedicated to preserving the Haitian culture in the United States. The fair will exhibit over 7,000 books written in French, Creole, English, and Spanish. The day-long festival includes workshops, Caribbean food and puppet shows. The main motto of the fair is to promote and develop book reading habits, especially among the young people and hold on to own culture as the neighborhood becomes gentrified. The readers will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite authors and the authors will have direct feedbacks from their readers. Admission is free.

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Little Haiti book fair Sponsored by the Mapou Cultural Center

Over the weekend of September 13-14, 2014, Residents of South Florida were treated to a spectacular showcase of Haitian and Caribbean art, history and literature at the staging of two events. With the aim of coming to learn more about the pervasive Haitian culture, guests were invited to attend these free events and witness the displays of not just what Haiti has to offer culturally, but the Caribbean as well.

The back-to-back events were sponsored by Mapou Cultural Center, run by owner of the Haitian book store Libreri Mapou, Jan Mapou. They were, on Saturday, from 6:00 to 9:00 in the evening, a cocktail party held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, and, on Sunday, from 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening, a book fair which was also sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The first event featured musical items from various singers as well as a Haitian folk choir, while the second event featured appearances by famous Haitian author Gary Victor and Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.

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Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti, Pictures

This was one of the best moments spent in Little Haiti in Miami. My family and I were all very satisfied for the time spent during the Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti sponsored by Jean Mapou of Libreri Mapou and several other sponsors. We had the time of our live checking so many books written by Haitian authors in a variety of interesting topics.

More pictures taken at the Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

I am sorry that to watch that a lot more people could have attended the event in Little Haiti, but for one reason or another, many people decided not to participate. I would briefly estimate that there were close to fifty vendors on site selling or promoting their products from books to CD, etc. I brought my child who wanted to purchase more books than I could afford. But beside acquiring some to learn more about the Haitian culture, she ate some authentic Haitian dishes.

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Edwidge Danticat and the Haitian Immigrant Experience

Haitian author Edwidge Danticat's new novel Claire of the Sea Light is the Wilmette Public Library's official selection for its 2014 "One Book, Everybody Reads" community program. Danticat, who immigrated to New York City from Haiti with her parents at 12, has been the recipient of every major literary award that can be bestowed on her. She has been on top-ten, best book, best fiction book lists, as well as the Washington Post's 2013 Notable Fiction list.

Claire of the Sea Light limns the Haitian immigrant life, its history, culture, and the people themselves. Several themes weave their way through the magical storytelling of Danticat's deft characterization of cultural roles in the immigrant community. A story of a young Haitian girl, who is orphaned by her father in expectation she will be better taken care of; the story elliptically traces Claire's experiences back to her old life in the tiny fishing hamle,t where she once lived.

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"The enigma Preval" by Claude Romanian

Covering the Haitian political landscape for nearly half a decade, the insightful tome, 'The Enigma Préval' is Claude Romanian's new book chronicling the life and work of Haiti's former president Rene Préval, who twice won the republic's presidential elections and governed from 1996 to 2001 and then 2006 to 2011.

Using a timeline of his own journey, Romanian captured what are the true catalysts of misery in Haiti, showing that years of political corruption has fueled the activism movement but also served the purpose of enlightening today's youth of the current landscape, juxtaposed with the past, in an effort to bring them back to politics, breathing new breath and fresh life into the stagnant body.

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Struggling Bel Air Receives Research Library

The Port-au-Prince district of Bel Air is one of the poorest in the city, afflicted with violence everywhere, traumatizing its inhabitants. It has a history of violence, in particular events surrounding Lavalas leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Soon after assuming the office of the presidency, Aristide was the object of a coup d'etat. He sought refuge in both the U.S. and Africa before returning in 2011. The Lavalas party is strong in Bel Air, and protests were staged, calling for Aristide's return. The government of Haiti sent the Haitian National Police (HNP) on more than one occasion to quell uprisings. What usually ensued was police brutality with large-scale massacres.
In 2005 another rebellion exploded in the streets of Bel Air and local officials feared violence would break out at polling stations on Election Day.

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Livres en Folie, the biggest book fair in Haiti

Livres en Folie is definitely an annual madness in Haiti. This year the madness seems to be even greater.

Livres en Folie is an idea that came to life in 1995, based on the initiative of UNIBANK and Le Nouvelliste newspaper. We can in all confidence say that this annual Book Fair event in Haiti is one of the biggest cultural events in the country.

The event has moved from two previous location to finally land at the Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre this year. It started as a small event at the beginning and at that time La Promenade in Petion-Ville was more that adequate to handle it. As "Livres en Folie" grew in reputation, volume, so was its popularity. With the passing of time, it was obvious that the original location was inadequate. The next location of Livres en Folie became Cercle Bellevue in Bourdon. Due to yet increase popularity, the organizers last year decided to bring it to Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre at Tabarre.

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Oswald Durant, Haitian Poet

Oswald Durant was one of the most important poets to come out of a nation chock full of influential, significant writers. Very little information is readily available about his childhood, save that he was born in Cap-Haïtien on the 17th of September, 1840, but the life he led past this period of no record has led him to be likened to the great wordsmiths of Italy and England, Dante and Shakespeare respectively. Also, like most other of Haiti's important writers, Durant had strong political views that, in him, formed aspirations.

Oswald Durant became published in his early thirties with works like 'La Mort de nos Cocotier's, 'Pantoum Triste' , 'Rires et Pleurs', 1883's 'Choucoune', about the comeliness of Haiti's women, and 'Chant National', a poem about Haiti's history that rose to the pinnacle of popularity for its patriotism.

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