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January 14 @ 6:00 pm

I Want to Ride the Tap Tap: A Virtual Evening with Danielle Joseph and Olivier A. Ganthier


January 14
6:00 pm

Books & Books presents…

An Evening with Danielle Joseph

In conversation with Olivier A. Ganthier

I Want to Ride the Tap Tap

(FSG, $18.99)

Thursday, January 14, 6pm

LIVE via Crowdcast



On Monday through Saturday, Claude and Mama walk Papa to the tap tap. Along the way Claude encounters a lady selling mangoes, a fisherman, straw-hat maker, steel drummer, and an artist. Claude wants to join Papa on the bus, but Claude has chores at home and classes at school. Finally, on Sunday Mama and Papa surprise Claude with a ride on the tap tap and they ride to the beach where the lady selling mangoes, the fisherman, straw-hat maker, steel drummer, and artist show Claude how to paint, make hats, and fish. With Creole words sprinkled throughout and a glossary at the end, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap is a warm and lively portrayal of everyday life in Haiti.





Books & Books will donate a portion of the proceeds of each purchase to the Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation. Learn more.


About the Author:

Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues, and Pure Red. When she’s not writing, you can find Danielle relaxing with her family, traveling, or chasing after her dog, Ringo. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently lives in Maryland with her husband, who is from Haiti, and their three kids.


About the Illustrator:

Olivier Arsène Ganthier was born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. He got his degree in fine arts from the National School of Arts (ENARTS) and is inspired by tropical urban life, Afro and Haitian culture. Olivier is art director at Les Ateliers Ganthier and lives in Haiti.