Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

(2014 Selection)

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 Author Edwidge Danticat Discusses "Claire of the Sea Light" (May 4, 2014)

Row 1: (l) Library Director Ellen Clark welcomed the audience and offered introductory remarks about Ms. Danticat's prolific body of work.  (r) Heather Hehmann, President of the Friends of the Library, also welcomed the crowd and described the work of the Friends.

Row 2: (l) Author Edwidge Danticat took to the stage.  (r) A full house was enrapt as Ms. Danticat spoke about her book. (Photos by Clara Tomaz, with permission of the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.)

Row 3: (l) In addition to talking about her writing, Ms. Danticat read two passages from "Claire of the Sea Light." (r) After her prepared remarks, Ms. Danticat took questions from the audience.

Row 4: (l) A book signing followed the program, and Laura Fisher of Wilmette was one of the many community members seeking Ms. Danticat's autograph.  (r) Lisa Roberts of Wilmette had her book autographed by Ms. Danticat. (Photos by Dave Kraus, with permission of Wilmette Beacon.)

Row 5: (l) Ms. Danticat signs a book for Winnetka resident Carolyn Weinstein. (r) Marie Simmons of Chicago has her book autographed by Ms. Danticat. (Photos by Dave Kraus, with permission of Wilmette Beacon.)

Row 6: (l) Ms. Danticat helped promote the Friends of the Library with Friends Vice President Emily Spectre and Friends President Heather Hehman. (r) Author Edwidge Danticat with Library Director Ellen Clark and Adult Services Librarians/Members of the One Book, Everybody Reads committee. (Left to right: Barbara Goodman, Amy Barrow, Ms. Danticat, Ms. Clark, Betty Giorgi, and Leslie Litoff.) (Photos by Clara Tomaz, with permission of the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.)

Row 7: (l) Ms. Danticat autographs Heather Hehman's Friends of the Library mug. (r) Author Danticat signs her name to the poster advertising the 2014 One Book program. (Photos by Clara Tomaz, with permission of the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.)

Row 8: (l) 2014 One Book, Everybody Reads poster, autographed by author Edwidge Danticat. (r) 2014 One Book, Everybody Reads poster acknowledging Friends and partners.

 

A Taste of Haiti (May 1, 2014)

Owners Yvon and Ernst Medard of Leonie's Delice Bakery in Evanston presented the flavors of Haiti with tastings of sweet and savory treats.

Row 1: Yvon and his sister Evena, who does much of the baking, talked about Haitian food.  They also gave details about the treats they had prepared for the group and distributed recipes.

Row 2: (l) A delighted crowd enjoyed the Haitian sweets and savories.  (r) Savory pies - Varieties included beef, chicken, turkey, and spinach.

Row 3: (l) Bonbon sirop - a popular bread-like muffin.  (r) Tablette - a sweet coconut treat.

Row 4: Mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors. 

 

The Real Vodou: A Haitian Classical Music Concert featuring Crossing Borders Music Collective
(April 27, 2014)

Row 1: A string quartet of musicians from Crossing Borders Music Collective presented a series of works by Haitian composers.

Row 2: In addition to music, the fascinating program included narrative, images, and video to explore the rich culture of Haitian Vodou that inspired the composers. 

 

Trees That Feed: Making A Difference in Haiti and Beyond (April 22, 2014)

Row 1: Local residents and founders Mary and Michael McLaughlin presented information about their global organization, Trees That Feed, and its mission. The nonprofit plants breadfruit trees in Haiti and other countries in an effort to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment.  This event was co-sponsored by Go Green Wilmette. 

Row 2: The powerpoint presentation was accompanied by lovely and informative displays that helped the engaged audience members better understand the organization and its role in various communities.

 

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          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

 

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