Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide
June 4, 2013--Other Worlds' coordinator Beverly Bell has released this week a new book: Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide, from Cornell University Press. An award-winning author who has lived and worked out of Haiti for 35 years, Bev has spent much of her time in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010.
Fault Lines focuses especially on the first year after the quake, particularly the work of social movements to rebuild a more just, equitable, and democratic country. Readers accompany the author through displaced persons camps, shantytowns, and rural villages, where they get a view that defies the stereotype of Haiti as a lost nation of victims.
Fault Lines combines excerpts of more than one hundred interviews with Haitians, historical and political analysis, and investigative journalism. The book includes twelve photos from the year following the 2010 earthquake.
Author Bell also investigates and critiques U.S. foreign policy, emergency aid, standard development approaches, the role of nongovernmental organizations, and disaster capitalism. Woven through the text are comparisons to the crisis and cultural resistance in Bell’s home city of New Orleans, when the levees broke in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ultimately a tale of hope, Fault Lines will give readers a new understanding of daily life, structural challenges, and collective dreams in one of the world’s most complex countries.
"The real takeaway is about the brighter future that social movements are building [in Haiti]. Fault Lines is a must-read for everyone—in Haiti and everywhere--who wants to be part of building that brighter future because, as Bell explains, it is going to take all of us." - Annie Leonard, creator, Story of Stuff
"In this magnificent book, Bell has captured the soul and spirit of the Haitian people. She brings their experience with the earthquake to life on the page and makes it clear how much energy and vision they have for the rebuilding of their country and how regularly they are ignored, abused, squelched in their fervent desire to be part of the effort."
- Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
Click here for more information and to buy the book.
* Beverly Bell will speak during a book tour in August with a farmer-activist from Haiti, traveling through Boston, NYC, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, and Denver. This will be combined with a focus on food sovereignty and discussion of Other Worlds other recent book, also co-authored by Beverly Bell: Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas. (More information on that book here.) If you're interested in hosting an event, helping publicize the book, or setting up a local radio show, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Urgent action: Other Worlds staff collaborator Patrice Florvilus has been suffering threats to his life for his work defending the rights of internally displaced people in Haiti. Learn what you can do to support him here: