God Loves Pavement at The New School
Reading + Reception
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Rm 202, Lang Building
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor.
Free, all welcome. Books for sale.

Featuring Farzana Doctor and Vivek Shraya
with an additional reading by Lila Selim
hosted by Melissa Bukuru and Ted Kerr

Join us as Farzana Doctor reads from her novel Six Meters of Pavement and Vivek Shraya reads from his collection of short stories God Loves Hair. Both books deal with race, sexuality, and the ways in which we must live with choices we make, and choices that are imposed on us.
More info at: http://godlovespavement.tumblr.com/

We gratefully acknowledge support from New School University Student Senate.

Thank you also to Queerocracy!

FARZANA DOCTOR is the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2011). Her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. She is currently touring Six Metres of Pavement, which NOW Magazine listed as one of their Top Ten Books of 2011. Farzana is also an activist and psychotherapist, and co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series.

SIX METRES OF PAVEMENT is a novel about Ismail Boxwala, who made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago. After his daughter’s tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone. His story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives six metres away.

VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based artist and arts educator. He’s touring God Loves Hair, his first collection of short stories, which was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist, won the Applied Arts Award for Illustration in 2010, and is being used as a textbook at several post-secondary institutions. Vivek is also a musician and filmmaker and has performed internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan and Sara, Dragonette, and Melissa Ferrick, and appearing at NXNE, CMW, and Word on the Street. His music has also been featured on the TV show Degrassi. Seeking Single White Male, his first short film, screened at festivals throughout 2011. A second short, Ache in My Name, is available to watch online.

GOD LOVES HAIR is a collection of 21 short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child as he navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion, and belonging. Told with the poignant insight and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey, the stories are accompanied by the award-winning illustrations of Toronto artist Juliana Neufeld.

LILA SELIM is a writer of non-fiction, reader and lover of fiction, and politics junkie. She is Editor-in-Chief of 12th Street, a literary journal published by the Riggio Honors Program in Writing and Democracy. She is currently completing her Riggio thesis, a long form work of literary reportage about Muslim communities in Queens, her home turf. This Spring she will graduate from the New School for Public Engagement Bachelors Program.


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