College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2016 Case Writer: Edwidge Danticat

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The Western Illinois University Department of English will host the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Sherman Hall third floor auditorium. The event is open free to the public.

Nationally-recognized author Edwidge Danticat will read from her newest book during the WIU event. She has written numerous books, including "Claire of the Sea Light," a New York Times notable book; "Brother, I'm Dying," a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and a National Book Award finalist; "Breath, Eyes, Memory," an Oprah Book Club selection; "Krik? Krak!," a National Book Award finalist;
The Farming of Bones," an American Book Award winner; and "The Dew Breaker," a PEN-Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize.

The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Danticat has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere. She currently lives in Miami, FL.

The Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence supports bringing national writers of poetry and fiction to Western each year.

For more information on Dantikat's reading, email Erika Wurth at For more in formation about Dantikat, visit

"I come from a place where breath, eyes and memory are one, a place from which you carry your past like the hair on your head. Where women return to their children as butterflies or as tears in the eyes of the statues that their daughters pray to."

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