Danticat’s ‘Dew Breaker’ wins Story Prize

Full story at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer


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.

Bones of Contention…

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.

Virtual art exhibit at Carrie Art Collection

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

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.

The Observer likes what it sees in Wikipedia

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.