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Teen Author Fest presents: S.K. Ali


Breathing diversity and life into her characters, S.K. Ali’s novels are not to be missed.

As a part of Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Author Fest celebrations, S.K. Ali will be hosting a writing workshop at the Beaverbrook branch on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00pm.

In a world of books predominantly featuring white characters having varied and complex lives – coming of age; reclaiming the throne of their fantasy realm; saving the world from a dystopian government – authors like S.K. Ali are a breath of fresh air. Born in south India, but raised in Canada, Ali is a Canadian-Muslim author writing authentically about the Muslim experience for teens.

Her debut novel, Saints and Misfits, candidly portrays the life of a young Muslim-American teen, Janna, grappling with her identity and how she fits into the mold of the “Muslim girl” – the expectations imposed on her by her community, her non-Muslim peers, and society at large. If that weren’t enough, Janna is also struggling with the aftermath of being assaulted by a respected member of her Muslim community. Does Janna want to be a saint, or is she a misfit? And what is she to do about the monster in her life?

Ali’s follow-up novel, Love from A to Z, follows teens Zayneb and Adam. Zayneb has been suspended for challenging her Islamophobic teacher and sent to Qatar to spend two weeks with her aunt; Adam has just received a diagnosis for MS which he’s hiding from his family. The two have a chance encounter at the airport and their lives are changed forever. This read is highly recommended for those who enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star!

Don’t miss this great author event!

We hope to see you there!