Kettly Mars on “Savage Season” with William L. Balan-Gaubert | April 10, 2016
Apr 10, 2016
4pm - 5pm
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave
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About the book: Port-au-Prince, the 1960s: Duvalier and his militia are systematically eliminating opponents to the regime. Daniel Leroy, editor in chief of the opposition newspaper, has just been arrested. To find out what has become of him, his wife, Nirvah, visits Raoul Vincent, secretary of state at the Office of Public Safety. This fearsome head of the secret police is instantly smitten, and to ensure her husband’s survival and protect her family, Nirvah submits to the official’s desires. Becoming the mistress of a strongman in the regime is not without its benefits. Still, she has to endure her neighbors’ inquisitive looks and the silent questions of her own children.
Kettly Mars’s Savage Seasons describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.
About the author: Kettly Mars was born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she resides today. She is the author of three novels and two story collections.
About the interlocutor: William L. Balan-Gaubert is a native of Haiti and a Haitian History Scholar in residence at the University of Chicago. He has studied in Haiti, France and the United States and has lectured widely on various aspects of Haitian history, society and culture. He is at present researching the Duvalier dynasty (1957-1989). He teaches Haitian Kreyòl in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Creative Writing, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Seminary Co-op for assistance at 773.752.4381.