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Episode 46 – Laila Lalami, Plus What Good Are Genres?

Episode 46 – Laila Lalami, Plus What Good Are Genres?

Today's guest Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. 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 long list. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship and is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.
We caught up with Laila to chat about the experience of writing her first novel in her third language, her rules for writers (hint: turn off the internet), and getting at the truth through fiction in her new novel The Moor's Account.
In Laila's words:

"It's very interesting how people are reacting [to the book]. Some people are loving it because it is a different story, but some people are saying,