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Yanick Lahens lives in Haiti. A professor of literature, she dedicates much of her time to a foundation training young Haitians in sustainable development. Her first novel, Dans la maison du père (In the House of the Father), won the LiBeratur Preis at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2002. The Colour of Dawn was first published as La Couleur de l’aube (2008), which won the Prix du Livre RFO and the Prix littéraire Richelieu de la Francophonie in 2009, along with the 2008 Prix Millepages 2008.