Laila Lalami

LAILA LALAMI was born and raised in Morocco. She attended Université Mohammed V in Rabat, University College in London, and the University of Southern California, where she earned a Ph.D. in linguistics. She is the author of the short story collection HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel SECRET SON, which was on the Orange Prize longlist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The New York Times, and in numerous anthologies. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Laila Lalami

Books by Laila Lalami

by Laila Lalami - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1527, a crew of six hundred men sailed from Spain, intending to claim for the Spanish crown what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. Within a year there were only four survivors, including the slave, Estebanico. After six years of enslavement by Native Americans, the four men escaped and wandered through what is now Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The Moor's Account brilliantly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, showing how, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration