Francie Latour



Francie Latour is a mother, writer, and educator whose work explores issues of race, culture, and identity. Her writing has been featured on NPR, the Today show, The Root, and the Boston Globe, where she was a longtime journalist. Currently she leads diversity and inclusion programming at Berklee College of Music, and co-directs the social justice project Wee The People. Born in the US from Haitian parents, Francie lives in Boston with her three children.




11:30 a.m. to Noon
Children’s Author Tent 2
Book Talk
Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings
This program sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter.

The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the tap tap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding road to her aunt’s home in the mountains.

The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings — the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.


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