Simone Schwarz-Bart is 71 years old today. She was born on August 1, 1938 in Guadeloupe. She studied in Pointe-á-Pitre, Paris, and Dakar. Schwarz-Bart’s works include Pluie et Vent sur Télumée Miracle [The Bridge of Beyond, 1972], Ti Jean L’Horizon [Between Two Worlds, 1981], and Ton Beau Capitaine [Your Handsome Captain, 1989]. She also co-authored the novel Un Plat de porc aux bananes vertes [A Dish of Pork with Green Bananas, 1967) and the six-volume work Hommage à la Femme Noire [1989; published in translation as In Praise of Black Women, 2001] with her husband, award-winning author (Prix Goncourt) André Schwarz-Bart.
For biography (in English), see http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Schwarz.html
For biography (in French) and photo, see http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/paroles/schwarz-bart.html