Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006. Her debut collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), was published in 2005 and has since been translated into six languages. Her first novel, Secret Son, was published by Algonquin in spring 2009. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

  •  Sept. 2009 WLT Many of Laila Lalami’s childhood memories while growing up in Morocco feature books written in French. This early exposure led her to write in French at a young age and almost exclusively throughout her teens and early twenties. Wanting to cast off the colonial baggage that accompanied writing Moroccan stories in French but feeling her liter...