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JAKE LAMAR was born in 1961 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from Harvard University, he spent six years writing for Time magazine. He has lived in Paris since 1993 and teaches creative writing at one of France's top universities, Sciences Po. He is the author of a memoir, seven novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories, and a play. His most recent work, Viper's Dream, is both a crime novel and an audio drama, set in the jazz world of Harlem between 1936 and 1961.

He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book, Bourgeois Blues), a prestigious Centre National du Livre grant (for his novel Postérité), France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller (for his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile. He is currently working on a memoir about his life in Paris.

Jake Lamar reads Richard Wright for the Centennial Celebrations of the American Library in Paris, May 2020.

Brothers in Exile

Listen to the French radio adaptation of Brothers in Exile which last aired on France Culture on February 2022.

Brothers in Exile is a play about the complex relationship between Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes in Paris in the 1950s.

Books in English

Livres en français


4 - 6 June 2022

Étonnants Voyageurs

International Book Festival

Saint-Malo, France

20 - 21 Mai 2022

La Parole est à la Défense

Roman Noir Festival

FNAC at la Défense, Paris

13 - 15 Mai 2022

Empreinte Carbonne

Festival Polar and Justice

Carbonne, France

7 - 8 Mai 2022

L'Envolée des Livres

Bookfair in Châteauroux, France

20 April 2022 at 6 pm

Un Peuple

Cinéma l'Arlequin, Paris

Sceening of the documentary followed by a debate

1 - 3 April 2022

Quais du Polar

International  bookfestival in Lyon

24 - 27 February 2022


Bookfestival in Nantes

6 February 2022 at 8 pm

Brothers in Exile, Frères d'exil

Rebroadcast on France Culture

1 February 2022

American Library in Paris

Conversation with Pap Ndiaye

27 - 28 November 2021

Sang d'Encre

Festival of Crime Fiction

Vienne, France

8 - 10 October 2021

Toulouse Polars du Sud

Festival of Crime Fiction

Toulouse, France

30 September 2021 at 7pm

L'Humeur Vagabonde

Discussion and Book Signing

Paris, France

17 - 19 September 2021

Livres dans la Boucle

Book fair in Besançon, France

10 - 12 September 2021

Le livre sur la place

Book fair in Nancy, France