Alain Mabanckou at the Vancouver Writers Fest [fr]
Alain Mabanckou gave a talk on October 18th on his latest book The Lights of Pointe-Noire. The "Writers and Company" podcast with CBC Radio’s interviewer Eleanor Wachtel will be made available soon. Stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook to know when.
Mr Mabanckou was born in the Republic of the Congo. His biography reads as an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist whose wordplay, philosophical bent, and sometimes sly and often absurd sense of humour have made him known as “the African Samuel Beckett.”
Mr Mabanckou has been rewarded several Grand Prix and medals:
- In 1999, for his first novel Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, he won the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire ;
- In 2004 and 2012, two French cities (Saint-Jean-d’Angély and L’Haÿ-les-Roses) bestowed him the legion of honnor recognition ;
- And in 2010 he received France Legion of Honnor ;
- In 2012, he won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature ;
- In 2015 he was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize
- And for the year 2015-2016, the Collège de France appointed him Chair to the Artistic Creation department.
He currently spends his time between Paris, Congo and Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. His new memoir is The Lights of Pointe-Noire, a dazzling meditation on home-coming and belonging.