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.
Brothers in Exile is a play about the complex relationship between Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes in Paris in the 1950s.
A French radio adaptation of Brothers in Exile last aired on Radio France Culture on February 6, 2022.
8 June 2023, 7pm
Talk : A Career in Creative Writing
3 June 2023, 4pm
Book presentation, Boulogne
31 May 2023, 7pm
Discussion with Robert G. O'Meally
16 May 2023, 6:30pm
Book Launch UK
12 - 14 May 2023
Crime Fiction Convention, UK
3 May 2023, 7:30pm
Conversation with Marcus Bruce
24 April 2023, 7pm
Book Launch Paris
22 - 25 September 2022
4 - 6 June 2022
International Book Festival
1 - 3 April 2022
International Book Festival in Lyon
24 - 27 February 2022
Book Festival in Nantes
6 February 2022 at 8 pm
Brothers in Exile, Frères d'exil
Rebroadcast on France Culture
1 February 2022
Conversation with Pap Ndiaye
"Laced with a stiff shot of politics, romance and jazz, Viper's Dream is moody, poetic and immersing."
"A pure, true Jazz Noir Classic."
“Fun, fast-moving and full of unforgettable characters."
Mateo Askaripour, New York TImes bestselling author of Black Buck
"Dark poetics, magical prose and meticulous storytelling - Viper's Dream is way more than a crime novel. It is an intriguing seduction.
Stephen Mack Jones, author of the August Snow series
"Hardboiled, but also achingly tender, this is a tour-de-force of jazz noir."
Mike Ripley, Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine
"Lamar’s narrative is simultaneously restrained and utterly exuberant. A jazz-infused crime odyssey."
Vaseem Khan, Author of the Baby Ganesh Agency series
"The excellent Lamar has produced a wonderfully vivid portrait of Harlem in its heyday."
John Williams, Mail on Sunday
The Telegraph - ★★★★★ - Jake Kerridge
Times & Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick of the Week
London Review Bookshop Book of the Week
Interview with Marcus Bruce at the American Library Paris
Interview with Paul Burke on CrimeTime FM
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