Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

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Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was born in Butare, Rwanda, in 1979. She arrived in France in 1994 after surviving the Tutsi genocide. Her first novel, "Tous tes enfants dispersés" (Autrement, 2019; J’ai lu, 2021), received the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie, and "Consolée," her second book (Autrement, 2022; J’ai lu, 2024), won the Kourouma Prize. She has also published short stories, poetry, and a children's album. Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse lives in Bordeaux and is invited to the Poetik Bazar for the release of her poetry collection "Culbuter le malheur" (Mémoire d’encrier, 2024).