Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-Au-Prince

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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Booksmith is proud to host an evening in celebration of the new Voice of Witness book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-Au-Prince, with editors Peter Orner, Dr. Evan Lyon, and Laura Lampton Scott. Please join us!

 

Seven years after the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti, the island nation remains in crisis, all but ignored by the international community. At the center of this crisis is Lavil—“The City” in Kreyol, as Port-au-Prince is known to Haitians—the cultural, political, and economic capital of Haiti and home to over 2.5 million resilient souls.

 

This immersive and engrossing oral history collection gives voice to the continuing struggle of Haitian people to live, love and prosper while trying to rebuild their city and country after disasters both natural and man-made.

 

Among the narrators: Juslene, who moved to Port-au-Prince as a child for educational opportunities but was instead forced to work as a restavek—an unpaid servant—and who maintains unwavering hope despite the loss of her family when the city was destroyed. Johnny and Denis, a teacher and his younger brother, who spent years hustling for work and looking out for each other in one of the city’s sprawling post-earthquake tent camps. Lamothe, a wry and well-read expert on Haiti’s clean water crisis, who is one of the many Port-au-Prince citizens dedicated to rebuilding his city and nation.

 


 

Dr. Evan Lyon has worked in Haiti since 1996 and is currently the Chief Integrated Health Officer at Heartland Health Outreach in Chicago. Through his work with Partners in Health, Lyon has helpd community-based responses to address HIV, tuberculosis and broader public health concerns throughout Haiti. He has also frequently collaborated with Paul Farmer on articles related to community health and human rights.

 

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love, as well as two collections of stories, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. For the Voice of Witness series, Orner also co-edited Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives with Annie Holmes. Orner has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and holds a law degree from Northeastern University. He is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He lives in Bolinas, California.

 

Laura Lampton Scott's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Michigan Quarterly ReviewTin House online, the GuardianOkey-Panky, and other publications. Scott has taught fiction at the University of Montana and currently teaches at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow. 

 

 

RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Lavil, or any of the authors' books, please order below and put your request in the comments field. 

Books: 
Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-Au-Prince Cover Image
By Peter Orner (Editor), Evan Lyon (Editor), Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781784786823
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - May 23rd, 2017

Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives Cover Image
By Peter Orner (Editor), Tom Andes
$19.95
ISBN: 9781786632319
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Verso - August 18th, 2016

Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives Cover Image
By Peter Orner (Editor), Annie Holmes (Editor), Aurora Brackett (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781934781937
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - March 1st, 2011

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936787258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - October 25th, 2016

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316224611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - August 5th, 2014

Love and Shame and Love Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316129381
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 13th, 2012

Esther Stories Cover Image
By Peter Orner, Marilynne Robinson (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316224680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 23rd, 2013