(France) Lila was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, she moved to teach literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2002, she started writing for publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. Lila is fluent in six languages and sits on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the Advisory Board of Words Without Borders.
Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Italy and Spain. In 2013 this list will include Brazil, China and Russia. She was awarded the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism in 2011 and is currently working on her latest novel The Orlando Inventions. She lives and writes in New York City.