Laurent Mauvignier was born in Tours in 1967. After gaining a degree in Fine Art from the École des Beaux Arts in 1991, he published his first novel, Loin d’eux (Far from Them), in 1999. He has since written numerous novels, including In the Crowd, The Wound and Continuer (Carrying On), all published by Éditions de Minuit. His work was acknowledge with no less than eleven literary prizes, including the Prix Wepler and the Prix Amerigo-Vespucci. He is also a playwright and has written scripts for TV and film. The Birthday Party is his first book with Fitzcarraldo Editions.