It’s been a while but I’m back with another author spotlight. This interview is part of the blog tour for Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu, which was published by Old Barn Books earlier this month.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A. M. Dassu is a writer based in the East Midlands. She is the Deputy Editor of SCBWI-BI’s Words and Pictures magazine and a Director of Inclusive Minds, a unique organisation for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature, and are committed to changing the face of children’s books.
She won the international We Need Diverse Books mentorship award in 2017, and has used her publishing advances for her debut middle grade novel Boy, Everywhere to assist Syrian refugees in her city and set up a grant to support an unpublished refugee/recently immigrated writer.
I’m excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Amazing Muslims Who Changed The World by Burhana Islam, out today from Puffin. This is a tour that I’ve organised with Naima @ Violette Books for @TheMuslimShelf, featuring a handful of Muslim bloggers discussing the amazing Muslims, past and present, who have inspired us.
I couldn’t choose just one person to talk about, though many of my favourites are mentioned in the book, so I thought I would interview the author instead, and give you a small glimpse of the beautiful artwork inside (thank you to Puffin for the photos!)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Bangladesh, raised in Newcastle and currently residing in the outskirts of Manchester, Burhana Islam is a storyteller who is passionate about exploring themes of heritage, belonging, identity and faith in both her children’s and young adult works. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University before deciding to become a secondary school teacher, sharing her love for stories with a new generation of curious, young minds.
Salaam everyone! It’s been a while, and I think I’ve forgotten how to blog, but I’m finally back with a somewhat comprehensive list of books by Muslim authors to add to your TBR in 2020.
Last year, I compiled a list of over 40+ books by Muslim authors so I’m hoping to surpass that figure this year, and it’s already off to a promising start! As always, this list is not exhaustive but it’s a good place to begin if you’re looking to expand your #MuslimShelfSpace! Which of these following books are already on your radar? Read More »
2018 was a great year for books by Muslim authors. Beginning with Love, Hate And Other Filters by Samira Ahmed and ending with A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, both books were completely unapologetic about the experience of growing up as a Muslim-American teen in post 9/11 America and rightfully claimed their spots on the New York Times Bestsellers list.
Going into 2019, I completely underestimated just how many books by Muslim authors we get to look forward to! As always, this list is not exhaustive but it’s a good place to start if expanding that #MuslimShelfSpace is one of your new year’s resolutions. And what better way to welcome in twenty nineteen and celebrate two years of an incredible initiative than with plenty of books to add to your already brimming bookshelves?
I ordered my first book subscription box! Even though I vowed that I never ever would. I’ve never really been that interested in most book subscription boxes because I always felt like it wasn’t worth splurging out on boxes that included items I wouldn’t even use. For example, the most popular YA subscription boxes out there – such as Fairyloot, Illumicrate and Owlcrate – tend to include exclusive items and fandom merchandise that I honestly couldn’t care less about? And since I’m fairly updated on new releases in YA, I always feared that I’d already have the book (which is the main element of the box!) – even if that book was signed by the author and boasted an exclusive cover with beautifully sprayed edges.
Then, I discovered Reading In Heels. A UK-based monthly book subscription box targeted at women, featuring the latest in contemporary literary fiction (always in paperback) and a selection of lifestyle and beauty treats! They just celebrated their one year anniversary in August, and you can see all their past boxes on their website or Instagram. Their boxes aren’t themed like a lot of YA subscriptions, but they are often colour-coordinated which is always a win for the aesthetic!
I ordered the box for October as it’s my birthday month and, even though this month’s colour palette wasn’t as pleasing as previous boxes, I was so happy with everything that was included! It may have been a one-off box to begin with, but I can definitely see myself ordering more in the near future.
I’m excited to welcome Savita Kalhan on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Girl In The Broken Mirror. She’ll be discussing the significance of the quote that opens her novel and the writing process itself, as well as sharing some helpful tips for writers beginning or yet to begin the publishing journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Savita Kalhan was born in India but moved to the UK when she was very young. She graduated with a joint honours degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Wales. She was a Batik artist and teacher before she turned to writing. Her debut novel the Long Weekend is described as ‘an intensely compelling thriller’ which addresses the issue of stranger danger. Her recent books include Stories from the Edge and Even Birds are Chained in the Sky. Savita lives in London. You can follow her on Twitter @savitakalhan.
I’m very excited to welcome Muhammad Khan on the blog today to talk about his debut novel I Am Thunder. I absolutely adored the book so I wasn’t passing on the opportunity to interview the author about his inspirations and writing process as part of @TheMuslimShelf book club on Twitter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Muhammad Khan is a maths teacher in a secondary school in Tooting and takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and will be studying for a creative writing MA next year at Roehampton. You can follow him on Twitter @mkhanauthor.
At the beginning of this year, I posted a photo of my #MuslimShelfSpace after seeing the hashtag campaign circulating over on Twitter. Created by S. K. Ali, author of Saints and Misfits, the initiative highlighted #ownvoices Muslim narratives at a pertinent time – to counter the Islamophobia and hatred fuelled by the U. S. election and travel ban.
#TheReadingQuest is officially over and I can honestly say that I had so much fun doing it! I conquered my TBR by reading a total of 12 books and one short story, completing two paths and four side quests in the process. I have no idea where that ranks me on the leaderboard because some people actually managed to complete the whole thing (what even is that sorcery!?) but, since I initially thought I was being overly ambitious, I’m super happy with my progress.