Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Moroccan American novelist Laila Lalami uses fiction as a vehicle to showcase “overlooked” North African stories and experiences. Her work spans the historical and the contemporary. Notable examples include her 2014 breakout The Moor’s Account, which reconstructs the journeys of the New World’s first explorer of color. Lauded as “a bold and exhilarating bid to give a real-life figure muzzled by the history the chance to have his say” (San Francisco Chronicle), The Moor’s Account won the American Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Lalami’s follow-up, The Other Americans, was singled out by media as varied as the BBC and BuzzFeed as one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Equal parts family drama, murder mystery, and love story, the novel centers around the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant in California. The Washington Post praised it as “a searching exploration” of marginalized groups “with whom mainstream American society has a vexed relationship.” The Other Americans put Lalami in contention for the 2019 National Book Award and prestigious Kirkus Prize for Fiction. It is slated for a March 17 paperback rerelease.