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Just Buffalo Presents "Babel Extras" Book Discussion at Betty's Restaurant
Just Buffalo Presents  "Babel Extras" Book Discussion at Betty's Restaurant

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center & Betty’s Restaurant present BABEL Extras—BABEL AT BETTY'S BOOK DISCUSSION this Monday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Betty’s, 370 Virginia St., Buffalo.

Join us for food, wine, coffee and a discussion of Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory, the next book in the BABEL Series. Discussion will be led by Carine Mardorossian. Admission is $10. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 3rd by calling 832-5400 or sending an email to info@justbuffalo.org. Free for members of Just Buffalo and BABEL subscribers.

Carine Mardorossian is an associate professor in the English department at UB. Her essay “Edwidge Danticat and Caribbean Women Writers” was published in Edwidge Danticat: A Reader’s Guide (U of Virginia Press, 2010). For more information, or to download the BABEL reader’s guide, please visit www.justbuffalo.org.

Publisher’s Weekly offers this review of Danticat’s 1994 novel:  “A distinctive new voice with a sensitive insight into Haitian culture distinguishes this graceful debut novel about a young girl's coming of age under difficult circumstances. ‘I come from a place where breath, eyes and memory are one, a place where you carry your past like the hair on your head,’ says narrator Sophie Caco, ruminating on the chains of duty and love that bind the courageous women in her family. The burden of being a woman in Haiti, where purity and chastity are a matter of family honor, and where ‘nightmares are passed on through generations like heirlooms,’ is Danticat's theme. Born after her mother Martine was raped, Sophie is raised by her Tante Atie in a small town in Haiti. At 12 she joins Martine in New York, while Atie returns to her native village to care for indomitable Grandmother Ife. Neither Sophie nor Martine can escape the weight of the past, resulting in a pattern of insomnia, bulimia, sexual trauma and mental anguish that afflicts both of them and leads inexorably to tragedy. Though her tale is permeated with a haunting sadness, Danticat also imbues it with color and magic, beautifully evoking the pace and character of Creole life, the feel of both village and farm communities, where the omnipresent Tontons Macoute mean daily terror, where voudon rituals and superstitions still dominate even as illiterate inhabitants utilize such 20th-century conveniences as cassettes to correspond with emigres in America. In simple, lyrical prose enriched by an elegiac tone and piquant observations, she makes Sophie's confusion and guilt, her difficult assimilation into American culture and her eventual emotional liberation palpably clear.”

Tickets for Edwidge Danticat's BABEL lecture on Friday, March 25 at 8 pm at Kleinhans are still available. $35 General Admission, $100 VIP (includes pre-event reception with the author and reserved seating), and only $10 Students. Discounts available to Buffalo & Erie County Library card holders, and select HSBC card holders. Visit justbuffalo.org to order or to find more information about BABEL, Just Buffalo's international authors of distinction lecture series.

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