Thursday, April 15, 2010

Haitian art, Junot Díaz, etc.

The lovely painting above is by Armand Fleurimond, a Haitian artist whose work is on exhibit here in Nashville thanks to novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Bell has been helping a group of painters from the north of Haiti since the 1990s, and he has some fascinating things to say about the nature of creative expression in Haitian culture. Click here to read my Q&A with him at Chapter 16.

Chapter 16 is posting new content daily now, and some good stuff has piled up since my last update here at the blog. Among the goodies are an interview with Junot Díaz, and a review of Batt Humphreys' historical novel, Dead Weight. There's also a fine essay by Serenity Gerbman about the future of Southern literature.

Bateaux, © 2010 Armand Fleurimond (See more work by Haitian painters here.)

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