Michaël Ferrier is a professor of French at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan, and director of the Research Group Figures de l’Etranger. He is an essayist and the award-winning author of several novels in French. Martin Munro is Winthrop-King professor of French and Francophone studies and director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. Patrick Chamoiseau is an award-winning author from Martinique. Many of his books have been translated into English, including School Days (Nebraska, 1997) and Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows (Nebraska, 2003).