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Sister Mariella Gable Series

 2017 Sister Mariella Gable Series Winner Edwidge Danticat

In residence Oct 26-27

Public reading October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM, Gorecki 204 A&B

Edwidge Danticat has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, the American Book Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction.  She will be on campus to celebrate her new Sister Mariella Gable Award-winning book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story.

The Art of Death grew from her experience mourning the death of her mother, and it is an exceptional blend of critical and personal writing. If writers are told to “write what you know,” death is the one thing that is ultimately unknowable: we witness the moment right before, or right after, but the reality remains elusive, and writers unavoidably focus on life. In this astute and intimate work of criticism, Danticat assesses how writers as different as Toni Morrison, Taye Selasi, and C.S. Lewis have approached death, grief, and loss, and it culminates with her channeling the voice of her mother. It’s impossible to emerge unmoved from this profound and incisive book.

From Graywolf Press's Art of series of books on the craft of writing.


Edwidge Danticat on a city of survivors; Tales of Port-Au-Prince: Letting Haitians Speak for Themselves

Learn more about Past Winners which include titles by Susan Stewart, Claudia Rankine, Ru Freeman, Deborah Baker, Binyavanga Wainaina, Tiphanie Yanique, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Linda Gregg, Tracy K. Smith, Nurruddin Farah, Jane Kenyon, Clint McCown, Joe Coomer, Judith Kitchen, and Victoria Redel.

About the Award

Sister Mariella Gable was an English professor at CSB from 1928-73.  She was also a Dante scholar, poet, editor and writer. Sister Mariella tirelessly promoted the cause of two then little-known authors, Flannery O’Connor and J.F. Powers, and introduced audiences in the United States to such Irish writers as Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, Mary Lavin, and Bryan MacMahon through her many essays and anthologies.

The Sister Mariella Gable Award is given each year by the College of Saint Benedict for an important work of literature published by Graywolf Press. Graywolf Press, described by Ploughshares magazine as, "arguably the best small press in the country," and LAI have formed an innovative collaboration to explore new ways of promoting the literary arts on campus, to audiences in the surrounding area, and in the Twin Cities.