Laila Lalami was born in Rabat, Morocco in 1968, and is now based in Santa Monica, USA.
Lalami is the author of three novels, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, longlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Moor’s Account. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times, among other publications. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.
The Moor’s Account was a finalist for the 2015 2015 Pulitzer Prize and is now longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.