Jocelyne Laâbi was born in 1943 in Lyon, France. In 1950, with her family, she moved to Meknes, Morocco, where she attended primary and secondary school and later studied at the University in Rabat. She married Abdellatif Laâbi in 1964. Since 1985, she and her husband have lived in France. She has published, in both Morocco and France, several books for children based on Moroccan culture and traditions, the last of which was Avec la rivière mon conte s’en est allé (éditions Al Manar 2007 and 2018). In addition to her memoir La liqueur d’aloès (Editions de la Différence 2005 and 2015), her first novel Hérétiques (Editions de la Différence) appeared in 2013. She has also co-translated stories from Arabic into French by Palestinian authors, some short stories by Ghassan Kanafani (Retour à Haïfa et autres nouvelles, Actes Sud 1997) and a novel by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra (Le premier puits, Albin Michel 1993, and Le Serpent à plumes, 2003).