Novelist Laila Lalami
I Pledge My Allegiance to People
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-born novelist. She is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, The Moor’s Account, and most recently, The Other Americans. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and lives in Los Angeles. Before joining the Zócalo/UCI Forum for the Academy and Public event, “Can Decolonization Explain Everything?,” she sat down in our green room to talk French curse words, her lack of culinary prowess, and her best writing advice.