Alain Mabanckou

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Born in 1966 in the Republic of the Congo, Alain Mabanckou is an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist whose wordplay, philosophical bent and often absurd sense of humour have made him known as “the African Samuel Beckett.” In 2012, he won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature, and in 2015 he was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. He currently spends his time between Paris, the Republic of the 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.
alainmabanckou.com, @amabanckou
Alain Mabanckou’s appearance is made possible by the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.