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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan American writer and professor. 

She was born on February 24, 1968 in Rabat, Morocco and she is of Moroccan descent. Laila has written critically acclaimed novels such as The Moor’s Account (2014) and The Other Americans (2019), as well as dozens of essays that have appeared in major American newspapers. 

Before her rise to fame, Laila received her License ès Lettres degree from the Université Mohammed V, her Master of Arts degree from University College London, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern California. 

Throughout her career, Laila has received the American Book Award, two Arab American Book Awards, and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Kirkus Prize, and she is a fellow of the British Council, Fulbright Program, and Guggenheim Foundation. 


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