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Amy Wilentz on her book and a passion for Haiti [video]

April 24, 2013|By Carolyn Kellogg

Before her panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Book, journalist and author Amy Wilentz dropped in at our video booth to talk about how she came to write her latest book, "Farewell, Fred Voodoo."

Written after Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, this book, she explains wryly, "is about what happens when outsiders come to help you." Wilentz's history of traveling to and writing about Haiti goes back more than 20 years, she tells L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg. "I didn't want to go back," she says.


She talks about what drew her to Haiti -- a combination of the real and the fictional. She worked at Time magazine and had access to reports coming from the country, while she was also entranced by Graham Greene's novel "The Comedians," which is set there.

For more of our conversation with Wilentz, click on the video above.


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