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, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She is currently a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times Book Review and a columnist for The Nation magazine.
On World Literature
Professor Lalami is particularly interested in literature from Africa, the Middle East, and their diasporas.
Lalami is available to discuss literature, culture, politics, political stagnation and democratic change in Morocco.
On North Africa and Middle East
Lalami is available to discuss developments in North Africa and the Middle East, including the struggle for freedom, which is universal.
Lalami is available to discuss perceptions and realities of Muslim life, the rise of extremism, and the changing roles of women in Islam.