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Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of four novels, including The Moor's Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Other Americans, which was a national bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently a professor of creative writing at the Un ...more

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Thank you to all who attended my tour events online this month! For those of you who want to hear more about Conditional Citizens, I wanted to highlight a few interviews I did for the fall promotional tour: I spoke with Noel King for NPR’s Morning Edition, Georgina Godwin for Monocle 24, Carolyn Kellogg for Shondaland, JR Ramakrishnan for Electric Literature, and Joel Stein for Soul Pancake’s Show

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“A name is precious; it carries inside it a language, a history, a set of traditions, a particular way of looking at the world. Losing it meant losing my ties to all those things too.”
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“Perhaps memory is not merely the preservation of a moment in the mind, but the process of repeatedly returning to it, carefully breaking it up in parts and assembling them again until we can make sense of what we remember.”
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“No lies are more seductive than the ones we use to console ourselves.”
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message 1: by Roger

Roger Cottrell HI Laila,
I'm really glad that you got back. Your work sounds fantastic. I'm currently working on a political thriller set in Iran but will be starting one shortly based in Algeria. A French middle class filmmaker of Algerian origin gets permission to go to Algeria (during the civil conflict) to make a sequel to the classic movie The Battle of Algiers. He's also trying to find out what happened to his friend from University, a Kabyle Berber who was a staunch Stalinist before the collapse of the USSR who seems to have become an oil executive then been killed by Islamicist terrorists. The protagonist falls for his friend's sister then begins to realise that he isn't actually dead. Thematically, it's a remake of The Third Man by Carrol Reed, Graham Greene and Orson Wells with "Harry Lime" manipulating Islamic terrorism to drive the indigenous Berber population out of an oil rich part of Kabyle.


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