Francie Latour, author
Having been born in the United States to Haitian parents, and much like Gogol Ganguli, the American-born Indian protagonist in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake”, Francie Latour was a late adopter of her family’s rich Haitian heritage. Not only do her creative and professional artefacts now embody and personify the very essence of Haitian politics, history and culture, but her career, thus far, is a realisation of what many Caribbean immigrant parents wish for their offspring: excellence.
Emboldened and inspired by the (sometimes fatal) sacrifices made by her ancestors, and by the sacrifices still being made today by many, Francie’s literary work is a tangible testament to one of this festival’s objectives as she consistently attempts to rewrite a misconstrued global narrative of Haitian poverty and corruption. Francie achieves this through her work as a journalist, writer, and blogger, and has also worked as an editor for various colleges and universities. Her writing has been anthologized, including in The Butterfly’s Way, edited by Edwidge Danticat, and her beautifully illustrated children’s book Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings speaks to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in a manner that demonstrates a broad and unique perspective on very complex issues.
Guided by desire to familiarize children of the diaspora with their literary birthright, The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival children’s program proudly welcomes Francie as its featured author.