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Author on Tour: David Diop

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Author David Diop will be in the United States to promote the US release of his novel Beyond the Door of No Return (La porte du voyage sans retour, Seuil; trans. by Sam Taylor, Macmillan, 2023).

About David Diop

David Diop was born in Paris and raised in Senegal. He is the Head of the Arts, Languages and Literature Department at the University of Pau, where his research includes such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representation of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2021, David Diop received the International Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his second novel, At Night All Blood Is Black (Frère d’âme, Seuil; trans. by Anna Moschovakis, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020). His latest book, Beyond the Door of No Return was shortlisted for the 2023 National Book Award.

About Beyond the Door of No Return

(trans. by Sam Taylor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2023)

Paris, 1806. The renowned botanist Michel Adanson lies on his deathbed, the masterwork to which he dedicated his life still incomplete. As he expires, the last word to escape his lips is a woman’s name: Maram. The key to this mysterious woman’s identity is Andanson’s unpublished memoir of the years he spent in Senegal. Drawing on the richness and lyricism of Senegal’s oral traditions, David Diop takes the readers, throughout his novel, on an exciting journey into the Senegalese bush and tells us a love story like few others.

Beyond the Door of No Return was released in the United States in September 2023.

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David Diop will be on tour in the US in April 2024.

His public program will include:

  • Monday, April 15: conversation with Johann Le Guelte @ Georgetown University (Washington DC) – event in French;
  • Tuesday, April 16: conversation with Kathryn Kleppinger @ Politics and Prose (Washington DC) – event in English;
  • Wednesday, April 17: conversation with Ameneh Madjlessi @ Alliance Française DC (Washington DC) – event in French;
  • Thursday, April 18: conversation with Madhu Kaza @ The Center for Fiction (New York, NY) – event in English;
  • Sunday, April 21: participation in the US Goncourt Prize Selection Ceremony @ Villa Albertine (New York, NY) – event in English;
  • Wednesday, April 24: conversation with Laurence Marie @ Maison Française Columbia (New York, NY) – event in French;
  • Wednesday, April 24: conversation with Joumana Khatib @ Albertine (New York, NY) – event in English.

For more information, please email Valentine Richet at

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Farrar, Straus and Company was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus and John C. Farrar. In 1964 Robert Giroux’s name was added to the roster and the company became Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The firm is renowned for its international list of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Farrar, Straus and Giroux authors have won extraordinary acclaim over the years, including twenty-five Nobel Prizes in Literature and numerous National Book Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. Nobel Prize winners include Knut Hamsun, Hermann Hesse, T. S. Eliot, Pär Lagerkvist, François Mauriac, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Salvatore Quasimodo, Nelly Sachs, Yasunari Kawabata, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Pablo Neruda, Eugenio Montale, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Czeslaw Milosz, Elias Canetti, William Golding, Wole Soyinka, Joseph Brodsky, Camilo José Cela, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Mario Vargas Llosa, Peter Handke, and Louise Glück.

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