Laia Jufresa grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz and spent her adolescence in Paris. In 2001, she moved to Mexico City and discovered she didn’t know how to cross a street. She’s been writing fiction ever since. She is the author of the short stories collection El esquinista (FETA, 2014) and the novel Umami (Literatura Random House, 2015). Umami has been published in seven languages, won the PEN Translates Award, was chosen as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France, and is a finalist for The Best Translated Book Award 2017 (USA). Laia was named on the 2015 Mexico20 list of outstanding Mexican writers under 40, and the 2017 Bogota39 of young Latin American writers.