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503 | Edwidge Danticat: The Art of Death
503 | Edwidge Danticat: The Art of Death
Saturday, November 4 | 1 - 2 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Buchanan Chapel at the Gratz Center
126 E Chestnut| Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Writers are told to “write what you know,” yet death is ultimately unknowable. We can witness the moment right before, but the next reality remains elusive and writers unavoidably focus on life. Two-time National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat comes to CHF to discuss her astute and intimate The Art of Death, a personal account of her mother’s death from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning of how other writers, from Toni Morrison to C.S. Lewis, have approached death in their own work. Tracie Hall Director of Culture Program at the Joyce Foundation, joins Danticat for this profound and moving discussion.

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A book signing will follow this program.

This annual lecture is supported by the Doris Conant Endowment for Programs on Women and Culture.


Edwidge Danticat is the acclaimed and best-selling author of several books, including the novels Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Farming of Bones, and the memoir Brother, I'm Dying. She's received many awards and honors, which include the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, two National Book Award finalists, the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Story Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and others.

Tracie D. Hall is the Director of Culture Program at The Joyce Foundation. Before her Joyce Foundation appointment, Tracie was most recently Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division which included the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music Industry, and Farmers Market programs, as well as the Chicago Film Office, Chicago Artists Month and Lake FX Summit and Expo.

  • Doris Conant Lecture on Women and Culture
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Art of Death
  • 07-11-2017