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Albany Book Festival author spotlight: Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine

One of the most anticipated events at the Albany Book Festival -- coming to you online September 10-24 -- will be an author-to-author discussion on "The Joys of the Short Story Form" with Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine.

Read more about these two talented writers below. You'll also find links to purchase their new books from our local independent bookseller The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Edwidge Danticat

"Writing these books, I see myself sometimes as an observer, as a note taker, as an archivist"

Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat (Photo by Shevaun Williams)

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. Her latest short story collection Everything Inside: Stories, was honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Story Prize, and the Vilcek Prize in Literature. It was also named a Best Book of 2019 by NPR, Buzzfeed, Time, and Esquire, and selected as a pick of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club.

She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner.

Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. 

Read "One Thing" by Edwidge Danticat, a short story from The New York Times Magazine’s Decameron Project

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine

"The short story form has a lot in common with those stories I was told from the time I was a little girl."

Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Kali Fajardo-Anstine (photo by Tyler Everett)

"The short story form has a lot in common with those stories I was told from the time I was a little girl."

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award finalist for her debut short story collection Sabrina & Corina (2019), which was also selected a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Drawing from her Southern Colorado heritage and life experiences living across the American West, Fajardo-Anstine’s writing and lectures reflect her own heritage as a Colorado Chicana with roots in Indigenous, Latina, and Filipino cultures.




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