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Maryse Condé at the Ake Arts & Book Festival

October 25 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+1

The Wondrous Life of Maryse Condé (Tribute Documentary)
25 October | 5:45 pm – 6:55 pm WAT [12:45 pm New York, 5:45 pm UK, 6:45 pm Central Europe]
Virtual Event Free
Link to the event: https://akefestival.org/interview-life-and-time-with-maryse-cond%C3%A9
The subject of the 2020 edition is writer Maryse Condé. Born as Maryse Boucolon at Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on February 11, 1937, her parents sent her to study at Lycée Fénelon and Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in English. In 1959, she married Mamadou Condé, a Guinean actor. After graduating, she taught in Guinea, Ghana and Senegal. Winner of Le Grand Prix Litteraire de la Femme (1986), Le Prix de L’Académie Francaise (1988), Le Prix Carbet de la Caraibe (1997), the Margueritte Yourcenar Prize, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York University’s Africana studies program, Condé is the author of numerous novels, including Heremakhonon, Segu, Crossing the Mangrove, Tales from the Heart, Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat?, and The Story of the Cannibal Woman. In addition to her writings, Condé had a distinguished academic career. In 2004 she retired from Columbia University as Professor Emerita of French. She had previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA.

Condé’s two latest novels available in English are The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana (World Editions, 2020) and Waiting for the Waters to Rise (World Editions, 2021).


Information from akefestival.org:


22-25 October 2020
Now in its 8th year, Ake Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, workshops, storytelling, book chats, poetry performances, a concert, stage play and unforgettable films.

Join us on for four days of cultural immersion!


Our world has changed forever. And when the world turns, we turn with it. The magnitude of recent world events cannot be ignored so we have changed the theme for the 8th edition of Ake Arts & Book Festival.

In 1918, African nations were in the clutches of imperial forces that denigrated our stories, culture, history, language and belief systems. A century later, a new pandemic finds Africa struggling with the colonial hangover of poor leadership and a predatory global order.

Africa must reject the old normal and seize the opportunity of the moment to recalibrate and break the cycle of betrayal by those elected to lead. This may be our last chance to shape Africa and define the continent of our dreams.

It may have come later than expected but, for the children of Africa everywhere, this is African Time.


October 25
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


Ake Arts & Book Festival