Alain Mabanckou is a Franco-Congolese author and Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His novels include _Blue White Red_ , _African Psycho_ , _Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine_ , _Black Bazaar_ , _Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty_ , and _The Lights of Pointe-Noire_. He is the recipient of numerous literary prizes such as the Grand Prix Litt¿ire de l'Afrique noire, Prix Renaudot, Prix Georges Brassens, and the Grand Prix de Litt¿ture Henri Gal from the Acad¿e Fran¿se for his life's work. Bill Johnston's most recent translations include Adam Mickiewicz's epic poem _Pan Tadeusz_ and Julia Fiedorczuk's _Oxygen_ from the Polish, as well as Jeanne Benameur's _The Child Who_ from the French. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the PEN Translation Prize, the Best Translated Book Award, and the Found in Translation Prize. He teaches literary translation at Indiana University.