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Kurd will read from Cosmophilia at Ottawa’s Octopus Books on the evening of Tuesday, March 29. Don’t miss it! Event details are here.
A selection from the interview:
You reveal a lot about your family’s history and your personal history, including your divorce, in this collection. What advice would you give to aspiring Muslim women writers who wish to explore personal histories but also are concerned about how that may be perceived within their respective Muslim communities?
Reading what other Muslim women have written about their lives is the best, most direct way to find the necessary courage to write about yours. Trace your lineage and you will find your voice.
I’ve read and re-read books by Muslim feminist scholar/writers for the past two decades. I find a tremendous sense of solidarity, warmth, comfort, and frankness in the pages of Marjane Satrapi, Azar Nafisi, Fatema Mernissi, and Leila Ahmed, all of whom have wonderfully and vividly described the realities of how they grew up, and the lives of women in their families and communities.
I urge young women in particular to read the memoirs of all the writers I’ve mentioned above, as they contain depths of insight and perspective that are simply not available in a 600—word confessional blog post written by your friends. […]
I have zero interest in claiming to be the first Muslim woman to write about anything or to have struggled against anything. This is very important. I see myself as contributing to, and hopefully expanding in some new directions, the body of literature which Muslim women have produced over centuries of struggle and perseverance.
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!
Our Spiritual Lives
We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon
From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.
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