Laila Lalami is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her many books include The Moor’s Account, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and The Other Americans, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her opinion pieces and political commentary appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The New York Times. She has received a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is currently Professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside as well as being a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.