Born in Guadeloupe in 1937, Maryse Condé has lived in Africa and traveled throughout the world. She first won international acclaim for Children of Segu, a novel exploring the rise and fall of the Bambara Kingdom. Her other writings include the novels Tree of Life, Crossing the Mangrove, and The Last of the African Kings (Nebraska 1997).
Nicole Ball is a freelance translator living in Paris. Her translations include works by Catherine Clément.
Leyla Ezdinli is an assistant professor of French at Smith College.