Guadeloupean writer Simone Schwarz-Bart is the winner of Le Grand Prix Littéraire awarded by the Association des Ecrivains de la Caraïbe on April 18.
She was selected from among three finalists, which included Dominican writer Rita Indiana Hernández for Nombres y animales (Periférica) and Jamaican writer Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings. Schwarz-Bart was nominated for L’Ancêtre en Solitude (Seuil), a memoir co-written with her late husband André Schwarz-Bart.
Last year’s winner was Edwidge Danticat for Creating Dangerously. The first winner of the award (in 2011) was Earl Lovelace for It’s Just a Movie.