Zakiya Dalila Harris Biography & Facts
Zakiya Dalila Harris is an American author known for her debut novel The Other Black Girl. The novel was named a "Most Anticipated Book of 2021".
Early life and education
Harris was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MFA in nonfiction creative writing from The New School.
Harris spent nearly three years at Knopf/Doubleday, first as an editorial assistant then as assistant editor, before leaving to write her debut novel The Other Black Girl. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Guernica and The Rumpus.The New York Times reported that Simon & Schuster's Atria imprint won the rights to the book in a nine-way auction for a six figure sum against fourteen publishers prior to its release. The Other Black Girl was released on June 1, 2021 and received positive critical reception from outlets such as the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews. The Guardian described it as "a glimpse into the publishing world and its original take on black professional women striving to hold on to their authentic selves and their stresses."She cites as key influences Passing by Nella Larsen, Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, Toni Morrison’s Sula, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Harris also took inspiration from Jordan Peele's movie Get Out to write the novel, which contains elements of horror.A TV adaptation of this book is currently in development with Tara Duncan, Temple Hill Entertainment, and Hulu. Harris is co-writing the pilot with Rashida Jones.
Harris resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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