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Lila Azam Zanganeh is finishing a novel titled A Tale for Lovers & Other Madmen. She is one of five judges for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, has been published 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, and Alfaguara Objetiva in Brazil, where it reached #10 on the national Brazilian bestseller list. Al-Kamel will publish in Lebanon in 2017.

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.

Lila is fluent in seven languages and serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the Advisory Board of Libraries Without Borders. Since September 2015, she is also Chair of Programs for Narrative4, a global story-exchange organization that promotes radical empathy. She was the recipient of the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, awarded each year by the Center for Fiction. She writes and lives in New York City.

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