Omar El Akkad is an author and journalist. His journalism has earned a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, G, and many other publications. His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages. His new novel, What Strange Paradise, was released in July 2021 and won the Giller Prize. It was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and several other publications.