Women's Worlds Book Club: Dance on the Volcano, by Marie Vieux-Chauvet

Women's Worlds
Penn Book Center Reading Group, 2018

2017 changed the conversation for women. From the Women's March to #MeToo and everything beyond and in between, popular culture is coming to a reckoning and women's voices are raised louder and stronger than ever. In an era of growing political nationalism, we want to turn our ears to the words and voices of women beyond our land and language. From the Caribbean to South Africa to Northern Europe, here are women's voices that reverberate in and beyond our urgent moment.

All texts are from Archipelago Books, a not-for-profit literary press devoted to promoting cross-cultural exchange through innovative classics and contemporary international literature in translation.

All meetings will be on the third Saturday of the month at 3 pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided.


FEBRUARY 17:
Dance on the Volcano, Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Haiti, French)

MARCH 17:
Love, Hanne Ørstavik (Norway, Norwegian)

APRIL 21:
Pearls on a Branch, ed. Najla Khoury (Lebanon, Arabic)

MAY 19:
Incest, Christine Angot (France, French)

JUNE 16:
The First Wife, Paulina Chiziane (Mozambique, Portuguese)

JULY 21:
Absolute Solitude: Poems, Dulce Maria Loynaz (Cuba, Spanish)
Moscow in the Plague Year: Poems, Marina Tsvetaeva (Russia, Russian)

AUGUST 18:
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, Wilma Stockström (South Africa, Afrikaans)

SEPTEMBER 15:
Dreams and Stones, Magdalena Tulli (Poland, Polish)

OCTOBER 20:
Cockroaches, Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda, French)

NOVEMBER 17:
Angel of Oblivion, Maja Haderlap (Slovenia, German)

DECEMBER 15:
To Mervas, Elisabeth Rynell (Sweden, Swedish)



About Dance on the Volcano and Marie Vieux-Chauvet:


 

Set in late-18th century Haiti, Dance on the Volcano follows the extraordinary career of Minette, who uses her prodigious voice to cross racial barriers. Her talent brings her an opportunity to perform at the Theater of Port-au-Prince, an honor previously reserved only for whites. However, once the curtain falls she finds herself back to life as normal. Praised but unpaid, applauded but shut out, Minette develops a political and racial conscience that that will not rest as long as slavery still exists on the island. Her involvement soon leads her to butt heads with the man she loves, a free black man as cruel to his slaves as many white landholders, and to cross paths with the future heroes of the revolution.

Born in Port-au-Prince in 1916, Marie Vieux-Chauvet is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the francophone Caribbean. Dance on the Volcano, published January 2017, is the second of her works to be published in English.

Event date: 

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dance on the Volcano Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780914671572
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Published: Archipelago Books - January 10th, 2017