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.

The events, which also offered to their guests a dance workshop, Haitian cuisine and displays of arts and craft, were put on with the mission of creating an activity that promotes reading as well as the Haitian authors. Since self-publishing has become so popular, many little-known Haitian authors have published, but are still largely unknown to the public, their works going unrecognized. Mapou has first-hand experience of how many of these works are forgotten. He expressed that the books sat on the shelves with no one to buy them because no one knew the authors. These two-day free events gave the public a chance to do that, and Mapou gave these struggling authors a fighting chance at literary success.

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