Laila Lalami

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Laila Lalami is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist, and The Moor’s Account, winner of the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the 2015 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for fiction. It was also on the Booker Prize longlist and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.


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