Nap li! Summer reading recommendations
Road trips, vacations, breezy afternoons on the porch with a glass of ji sitwon (lemonade) as a thunderstorm rumbles in the distance: summer is a perfect time for reading. Here are a few reading materials I’ve enjoyed recently.
1-If you love short stories:
Danticat illuminates Haitian historical and contemporary issues through brilliant storytelling and unforgettable characters. I love her writing because she creates worlds and people that feel true to common human experience, while also shedding light on so many subtleties of Haitian culture and history.
2- If you like snappy political insights, but you rarely make it through an entire book:
Katz, a seasoned Haiti journalist and author, untangles into the intricate connections between the United Nations, Haiti’s cholera epidemic, and U.S. foreign policy today. A fascinating read that investigates the latest chapter of the storied relationship between Haiti and the U.S.
3- If you like classics:
This classic Haitian novel, published in 1941 yet still resonant today, is a poetic portrait of the rhythms of daily life in rural Haiti. Roumain’s novel depicts a cast of characters whose hopes, motivations, and tragedies are both relateable, and inspiring. Fun fact: famous Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes helped translate the novel into English.
4- If you’re a podcast junkie (or a revolutionary):
Full disclosure: I haven’t made it through all 19 segments yet, but I’m hooked after a few episodes! Revolutions brings Haiti’s fascinating revolutionary period vividly to life and makes the case that Haiti’s revolution is just as important as the more well-known American and French revolutions.
What are you reading this summer? If you add any of these to your summer reading list, let me know what you think!
For more reading recommendations from Haiti, check-out our spring reading recommendations!
Madeline Kreider Carlson discovered a passion for global craft traditions as a child, while tagging along on volunteer shifts at Ten Thousand Villages. Hailing from Minnesota, she has worked with artisans and fair trade businesses across four continents. Madeline works as a Designer & Product Developer with MCC partner Comite Artisanal Haitien. You can follow Madeline on her personal blog.