Full story at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer…
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Edwidge Danticat’s “The Dew Breaker” has been named the winner of the first Story Prize, which honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction.
Published by Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf imprint, “The Dew Breaker” is a book of connected stories about Haitians and Haitian-Americans whose lives have been affected by the actions of the title character, a humble Brooklyn barber with a secret past in his native land.
“The Dew Breaker” also is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, which will be announced in March.
From MSNBC and the Associated Press, here’s an article about a team of Spanish researchers who are attempting to verify the claim that a tomb in the Dominican Republic holds the remains of Christopher Columbus.
After detailing the dispute between the researchers and the Dominican government, the article tells the story of how Columbus’s bones ended up on the island of Hispaniola, and the Haitian Revolution plays a key role:
Columbus was buried in the northern Spanish city of Valladolid, where he died on May 20, 1506. He had asked to be buried in the Americas, but no church of sufficient stature existed there. Three years later, his remains were moved to a monastery on La Cartuja, next to Seville.
In 1537, Maria de Rojas y Toledo, widow of another of Columbus’ sons, Diego, sent the bones of her husband and his father to the cathedral in Santo Domingo for burial. They remained there until 1795, when Spain ceded the island of Hispaniola to France and decided Columbus’ remains should not fall into the hands of foreigners. (emphasis added)
A set of remains that the Spaniards believed were Columbus’ were first shipped to Havana, then back to Seville when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898.
In 1877, however, workers digging in the Santo Domingo cathedral unearthed a leaden box containing bones and bearing the inscription, “Illustrious and distinguished male, Christopher Columbus.”
The Dominicans say these are the genuine remains and the Spaniards took the wrong body with them back in 1795.
The following press release showed up in our inbox today. Click the artist’s name to view the collection.
Carrie Art Collection is pleased to present the virtual exhibit of Haitian Artist “Dieuseul PAUL”
Dieuseul Paul, born in 1952 in Damiens, is one of the founder of the Saint Soleil school with Prospere Pierre Louis and Louisianne Saint Fleurant.
Saint Soleil was founded in the early 1970’s under the direction of Tiga – Jean Claude Garoute, and Maud Robart, promoters of this movement in Soisson-la-Montagne, approximately 50km from Port-au-Prince.
Saint Soleil gained international recognition when Andre Malreaux visited the community in 1975. Andre Malreaux immortalized the movement by feathuring Saint Soleil in his book “L’Intemporel”.
Dieuseul PAUL is the 33rd exposition to be featured in the “Artist of the Month” series. On the 15th of every month, Carrie Art Collection features an artist, their work and an interview with the preeminent Haitian art critic, Michel Philippe Lerebours.
Carrie Art Collection has selected from among Haiti’s finest artists, representing various schools and mediums. Visit now and discover the magic of Haitian art.
AlterNet: MLK Jr. In His Own Words:
Via “Kevin Drum”:www.washingtonmonthly.com, AlterNet has cuttings from some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s best speeches. Reviewing them, reminding ourselves of the man’s contributions, seems a fitting way to spend a few moments on this holiday.
Happy Fourth Anniversary to the “Wikipedia”:en.wikipedia.com/wiki/ project.
The Toussaint Table at _Chicken Bones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes_, has a collection of links to essays and articles on Haitian history.
Opus Focus has a wonderful collection of photographs from Haiti and elsewhere.
Via “Boing Boing”:www.boingboing.net, we learn of a proposal to digitize every Canadian book. If the estimated cost of $10 or less per book is accurate, the prospect of digitizing archival source material seems tantalizingly within reach.
Via “Slashdot”:slashdot.org, we find the following piece about Wikipedia:
The Observer | Business | Why encyclopaedic row speaks volumes about the old guard
bq. By all laws of reference-work publishing, Wikipedia ought to be a disaster. Yet it is exactly the opposite – an exceedingly useful online reference work often consulted by this columnist and countless others.
Bomb, an arts and culture magazine, features Haiti in its Winter 2005 issue. Go to “bombsite.com”:www.bombsite.com to see the cover and get more information about the magazine.
If the mag stays true to form, you should be able to read much of the content online by the time the next issue appears.