The Forum for Scholars and Publics hosted a discussion with Amy Wilentz about her book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a powerful and personal meditation on the history of Haiti and the history of its representation, based on decades of writing and reporting about the country. Wilentz’s work as a journalist and writer on Haiti as well as in the Middle East and other regions raises broad issues about the relationship between media, culture, and politics in the contemporary world. Read the New York Time‘s review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/books/review/farewell-fred-voodoo-by-amy-wilentz.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.
Listen to Amy Wilentz on WUNC’s The State of Things: Haiti Four Years Later: A Journalist’s Perspective.
Author and Journalist
Amy Wilentz is the author of Farewell Fred Voodoo (2013), which has been nominated for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award. She is also the author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier (1989), Martyrs’ Crossing (2000), and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger (2006). She is the winner of the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Non-Fiction Award, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and was also a nominee for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award. Wilentz has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Timemagazine, The New Republic, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, The San Francisco Chronicle, More, The Village Voice, The London Review of Books and many other publications. She is the former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker and a long-time contributing editor at The Nation. She teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine, and lives in Los Angeles.