Bio from wikipedia
Maryse Condé (née Boucolon; February 11, 1937) is a French (Guadeloupean) author of historical fiction, best known for her novel Segu (1984–85). In addition, she is a scholar of Francophone literature and Professor Emerita of French at Columbia University.
Her novels, written in French, have been translated into English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. She has won Grand prix littéraire de la Femme (1986), Prix de L’Académie francaise (1988), and the New Academy Prize in Literature (2018) for her works.