The “In All My Dreams” book club, held from October 2019 to February 2020 was an informal gathering of readers interested in discovering or exploring Haitian culture through the prism of one of Haiti’s most important works of literary fiction. During each hour-long meeting, participants came together to travel through the novel in the engaging company of a host of experts in the fields of Haitian literature, history, and anthropology. We provided brief reading guides, accessible from our home page, indicating the narrative ground we covered in each session and offered links to additional resources (for those who enjoy heading down the odd rabbit hole). We encouraged participants to make use of the comments section on each page – to share thoughts or to pose questions during the weeks leading up to or following our ‘live’ meetings.
In the wake of this first iteration of the Book Club, we hope that this site can serve as a place for ongoing query and conversation. The resources here can help guide an individual reading of the novel, contribute to the teaching of the work in colleges and universities, or serve as a resource for those interested in organizing their own book club around Hadriana In All My Dreams.
Hosted by literary scholar Kaiama L. Glover and historian Laurent Dubois, the four sessions of this book club culminated in an event with Edwidge Danticat at the French Embassy of New York and a Hadriana-inspired contemporary Haitian art exhibition.
If you are interested in using these resources for teaching or for your own book club and would like to reach out to us to help, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up to receive updates about future events and exhibits that are part of this project, join our email list here.
For those who wish to read the novel in English translation, it is published by Akashic Books (with a 25% reduction on the cover price!) and can be ordered easily online, or from an independent bookstore near you.
For those who wish to read the novel in the original French, we recommend the paperback edition from Gallimard.