A writer friend and I went to hear Leila Slimani speak in Berkeley. When I bought a ticket to the event, little did I realize that Slimani was being interviewed by the always-entertaining Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press. So it was a doubly delightful evening, with insightful questions and fascinating answers.

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Leila Slimani being interviewed by Brooke Warner


Slimani, a former journalist, is deeply committed to women’s rights–not only in her native Morocco but wherever women are struggling to live authentic lives. Despite her diminutive size, she’s a fiercely inspiring force of nature.

One thing that surprised me was that although her best-seller, The Perfect Nanny, is very dark, both in subject matter and in the telling, Slimani herself has a terrific sense of humor. Getting to hear her take on motherhood, writing, and cultural mores gave me a whole new perspective on the book.

Have you read The Perfect Nanny yet? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.