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 holds a BA from La Sorbonne University, and is the author of the short stories collection El esquinista (FETA, 2014) and the novel Umami (Literatura Random House, 2015).
Umami has been translated to English, French, French pocket book, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Polish and Finnish. Chinese and Danish versions are forthcoming. It was selected as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France, it was the recipient of a PEN Translates Award and a finalist of The Best Translated Book Award 2017.
Laia's work has been featured in several anthologies as well as publications such as El País, Vogue, Words Without Borders and McSweeney's.
In 2014 Laia was invited to write chronicles for the crossing Border Festival in The Hague, and in 2015 she was invited by the British Council Literature to be the first ever International Writer in Residence at Hay Festival in Wales. For its 30th anniversary the festival selected 30 young novelists, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who are astonishing and inspiring to join us in Hay. These writers and thinkers will help imagine and shape the world in the next 30 years. Laia is honored to be one of them.
Laia is represented by Víctor Hurtado from VicLit.