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Lila Azam Zanganeh is finishing her forthcoming novel titled A Tale for Lovers & Other Madmen, due to be published in 2019.

Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, was published in 2011 by Norton in the United States, Penguin in the United Kingdom, L'Olivier in France, Contact in Holland, L'Ancora del Mediterraneo in Italy, Duomo Ediciones in Spain, Azbooka in Russia, Büchergilde Gutenberg in Germany, Everest in Turkey, Shang Shu in China, Al-Kamel in Lebanon, and Alfaguara Objetiva in Brazil, where it reached #10 on the national Brazilian bestseller list.

In 2013, Lila was part of the collective Where You Are (Visual Editions, in collaboration with Google Creative Labs), alongside Geoff Dyer, Sheila Heti, Valeria Luiselli, and Adam Thirlwell.

Lila was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, she moved to the United States to teach literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2002, she began contributing literary articles, interviews, and essays to a host of American and European publications, among which The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. She is fluent in seven languages.

Currently, Lila is a Director on the Board of Trustees for the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of Libraries Without Borders. She also served on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee for 12 years. Since September 2015, she has been an ambassador for Narrative4, a global story-exchange organization that promotes radical empathy. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, awarded each year by the Center for Fiction.

Lila writes and lives between New York and London.

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