Laurent Dubois (PhD. University of Michigan) is associate professor of history at Michigan State University. His book A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804 (2004) won the American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Award. He is also the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), which was a Christian Science Monitor Noteworthy Book of 2004 and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004, and Les esclaves de la République: l'histoire oubliée de la première emancipation, 1787–1794 (1998).
Where are you from?
I was born in Brussels, Belgium, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and now live in Durham, North Carolina.
Who are your favorite writers?
Patrick Chamoiseau, Bruce Chatwin, Edouardo Galeano, Ben Okri, Joseph O'Neill
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
John Demos The Unredeemed Captive; Richard Price, The Convict and the Colonel; C.L.R. James The Black Jacobins and Beyond a Boundary
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music: Guitar, banjo, percussion; Sport: Soccer, Biking; Travel
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
To make sure to choose a job that felt like play
What is your favorite quote?
"The Dude abides."
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Why write about Haiti? Hopefully the book will answer!
What inspired you to write your first book?
Getting a PhD! : )
Where do you write?
Mostly at home