JAKE LAMAR is the author of a memoir, six novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories and, most recently, a play. He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book, Bourgeois Blues), a prestigious Centre National du Livre grant (for his upcoming novel Posthumous), France's Grand Prix for best foreign thriller (for Nous Avions un Rêve, the French translation of his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais grant for his play Brothers in Exile.
Brothers in Exile a play by Jake Lamar
On February 25th, 2013 a reading of Jake Lamar's Brothers in Exile was held at the Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris, France.
Brothers in Exile is a play about the complex relationship between Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes in Paris in the 1950s.
William Nadylam read the role of Richard Wright, Cyril Guei was James Baldwin, and Alex Descas was Chester Himes... a reader (for the stage directions) and five additional actors brought Brothers in Exile to the stage for the first time.
Read the full write-up here.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, he graduated from Harvard University and then spent six years writing for Time magazine. In 1993, he went to Paris intending to stay for a year; he now lives there full-time with his wife.
His new novel, titled Posthumous, will be published first in France, by Rivages, in September 2014. The novel is about an art historian named Toby White and his effort to write the story of the turbulent life of the Dutch painter Femke Versloot, from Nazi-occupied Rotterdam to Greenwich Village at the height of the Abstract Expressionist revolution of the 1950s, to 21st century Northern California in the tense days after the September 11 attacks.