About our Guests
Marie NDiaye is a French writer, playwright, and screenwriter. She has been active since 1985, when she published her first novel, Quant au Riche Avenir, at only 17. She has written 14 novels, which have received a wide number of prestigious prizes, among which the Prix Goncourt in 2009 (for Three Strong Women) and she was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2016 (for Ladivine)
Another venture of hers has also met wide success, with her work as a screenwriter for Alice Diop’s film Saint Omer (2022) being nominated as France’s selection for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards.
Her latest novel, Vengeance is Mine, was translated from French by Jordan Stump and published in English by MacLehose Press/Quercus in 2023 to wide critical acclaim.
Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator, the author of several books, including Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art, No. 91/92: Notes on a Parisian Commute and Flâneuse: Women Walk the City. She is also an award-winning translator, most recently of Simone de Beauvoir’s previously unpublished novel The Inseparables; upcoming translations include Constance Debré’s Nom, Marie-Laure Bernadec’s biography of Louise Bourgeois, and works by Lola Lafon and Colombe Schneck. Her next book, a novel entitled Scaffolding, will be published by Chatto & Windus in June 2024. After twenty years in Paris, she currently lives in London.
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