Bio & Contact

Alia is the author of the new memoir Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), winner of the Golden Poppy Award for Nonfiction from the California Independent Bookseller Alliance and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography.

She’s a homegrown San Franciscan. Her work has been published in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Salon, Tin House, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing. Her family story has been featured on Snap Judgement, Criminal, and NPR’s Fresh Air.

Alia has received fellowships from MacDowell, the Ucross Foundation, Monson Arts, and Chateau La Napoule in France, and has twice been awarded the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers. She is a 2023 San Francisco Public Library Laureate.

Represented by Farley Chase at Chase Literary Agency and Dana Spector at CAA.

To schedule a book club, classroom, or writing group appearance (in person or via Zoom), email me directly:

For editing or coaching services, contact me at:

Publicity and Events:
Taryn Roeder, Harper Collins

Literary representation:
Farley Chase, Chase Literary Agency

Audio/visual representation:
Dana Spector, CAA