Laila Lalami

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Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, and, most recently, The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. The Moor’s Account was on the Man Booker Prize longlist and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the New York Times, and in many anthologies. She writes the “Between the Lines” column for The Nation and is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. The recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.


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