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Writer Ben Fountain explains what the rest of the world can learn from Haiti

The Texas writer has set his latest novel, “Devil Makes Three,” in Haiti, a place Fountain became fascinated with as a young man and has visited more than 40 times. He says what Haiti has experienced over its history is starting to hit a little closer to home right now for countries like the United States.

Texas writer Ben Fountain's latest novel, Devil Makes Three.
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Texas writer Ben Fountain’s latest novel, Devil Makes Three.

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When we was just starting out, Texas writer Ben Fountain became fascinated with the nation of Haiti, so much so that he started traveling there often. He's now been there more than forty times. And, naturally, he began writing about Haiti and set one of his earliest novels there – one that never ended up being published.

Now, the author of the satirical war novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012, is trying again.

His latest work, Devil Makes Three, takes place in Haiti and, Fountain, who's in town tonight for a reading with Inprint Houston, tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty what first interested him in the country and explains what larger, more developed countries can learn from Haiti about democracy, climate change, and other global challenges.