Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She earned heR&B.A. in English from Mohammed V University in Rabat, her M.A. from University College, London, and her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Lalami is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant and a Fulbright Fellowship. She was short-listed for the 2006 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her debut collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005), has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Norwegian. Her first novel, Secret Son, will be published in the spring of 2009. Lalami is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside.