Amy Wilentz

photo credit Paula Goldman

Amy Wilentz

Past Event: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

At Town Hall Seattle

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Amy Wilentz is an accomplished journalist who has corresponded from Jerusalem for The New Yorker, profiled Benazir Bhutto, Jimmy Carter, and Jeffrey Sachs, and written extensively about Haiti for a variety of publications such as the New York TimesTimePolitico, and The Nation.

She published her first book about Haiti, The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier, in 1989 for which she received the Whiting Writers Award and PEN/Martha Albrand Nonfiction Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second book and first novel, Martyrs’ Crossing (2000), is wrapped up in the Arab-Israeli conflict and won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. Leaving Manhattan for Los Angeles resulted in the 2006 memoir I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger.

The Rainy Season, Wilentz’s portrait of Haiti after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, was praised in the New York Times Book Review as “a remarkable account of a journalist’s transformation by her subject.” In her relationship with the country since then, Wilentz has witnessed more than one magical transformation. With her new book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo, she gives us a vivid portrayal of the extraordinary people living in this stark place. Wilentz traces the country’s history from its slave plantations through its turbulent revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, and its long and always troubled relationship with the United States. Yet through a history of hardship shines Haiti’s creative culture—its African traditions, its French inheritance, and its uncanny resilience, a strength that is often confused with resignation. (goodreads.com)

Amy Wilentz teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Accessibility

Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for events at Town Hall Seattle, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services.

Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Town Hall Seattle has a hearing loop system, so you can switch your T-coil hearing aid to telecoil to have the stage’s microphones transmitted directly to your hearing aids. To pick up a headset, check in with any Town Hall usher when you arrive.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at Town Hall Seattle, which is fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Town Hall Seattle recommends that visitors use the 8th Avenue Entrance for events in the Great Hall, and elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. The venue has 18 all-gender restrooms, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level. For more details on accessibility features, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.