Leïla Slimani

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Leïla Slimani

Biography

Leïla Slimani is a Franco-Moroccan writer, journalist, and advocate for women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights. She is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. She is also a French diplomat in her capacity as the personal representative of the French president Emmanuel Macron. Her first novel Adèle won the La Mamounia Prize for the best book by a Moroccan author written in French and gave rise to her nonfiction book Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Slimani spearheaded a campaign—for which she won the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom—to help Moroccan women speak out, as self-declared outlaws, against their country’s “unfair and obsolete laws.”

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