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Haitian bookstore claims its place in history

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Scott,Shantrell (Author)
Format:
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Jul 14-Jul 20, 2010
Published:
Miami, FL
ISBN:
0739-0319
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Education, Haiti, Bookstores, Books
Notes:
"There was a real need for a facility like this back in the 1990's," [Jan Mapou] said. "Young people needed to be more aware of their Haitian heritage . . . their real heritage." The bookstore is best known for its excellent collection of Haitian literature much of which is written by Mapou and his advocate group, Sosyete Koukouy, which means "Society of Fire Flies." There are also learning booklets, Bibles translated in French and Creole, folklore novels, paintings, Haitian periodicals, maps and figurines that make up the store's inventory. In addition, the store also offers tasty treats including Kremas Mapou - a Haitian syrupy drink made from a secret family recipe.