Click here for information about upcoming One Book One Brampton events! Here’s a list of workshops and talks I’ll be giving:
Writers Workshop with Farzana Doctor
Brampton Library Cyril Clark Branch, 20 Loafer’s Lake Lane
March 22, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
One Book One Brampton Book Club
Brampton LIbrary Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street E.
April 5, 1:00-3:00pm
An Evening with Farzana Doctor
Brampton Library Cyril Clark Branch, 20 Loafer’s Lane
April 21, 6:00-8:30pm
Recently, I gave a talk and reading at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo. A University of Waterloo MA class taught by Dr. Mariam Pirbhai attended the session after reading All Inclusive. One of those students, Khadijah Plummer, wrote an interesting essay on my book, entitled “Creating Identity Through Relocation: The Resort Space in All Inclusive”. Many thanks to her! Check it out.
A huge thanks to the Brampton Library, One Book One Brampton, and all of my friends, family and fans who voted for Six Metres of Pavement as this year’s pick. I watched with glee on Facebook Live from Beirut. I’m thrilled and am looking forward to meeting new Brampton readers.
Doing book events in India is such a thrill for this diasporic gal! Join me if you’re there.
January 6th, 12:30pm at CoHaB IDC, University of Mumbai
January 16th, 10am, SAP Labs India Bangalore.
I’m proud to be one of the 25 honourees of this year’s award! This honour is given out by Desi News to activists, artists, politicians, scientists and other South Asians who have made a contribution in Canada.
I believe that writer’s block is a normal, human condition where we are not really struggling with writing, but with a part of ourselves. This part is our Inner Critic. Want to learn some strategies to deal this? Click here for an article I wrote for the Australian Society of Authors.
I spoke with Mary-Lou Zeitoun about my novel ALL-INCLUSIVE, and race, sexuality, publishing, and more. Read it here!
I spoke with The South Asian News about why you should never ask authors for a free book, the art of networking and why I’ll won’t ever write a Twitter novel. Read it here!
It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the dynamic and warm Raj Girn. Here’s the link to the interview:
Here’s The Chat with Trevor Corkum of 49th Bookshelf.
I’m thrilled that All Inclusive has been selected as one of Kobo CA’s Best Books of the year, in the Canadian Favourites category (and it’s in very excellent company)! Kobo folks will receive double Kobo points when purchasing any best-of-the-year title.
See more here.
I’m giddy that All Inclusive has made this National Post best books list! See the list here.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rob McClennan. No one’s ever asked me #12 before. Have a look here.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude this morning…
“Altogether, an absorbing read. Farzana Doctor has used humour, heartache, joy and eroticism, to produce a compelling story of self-discovery with characters that we cheer on as they struggle towards a satisfactory conclusion.”
Thanks to Jeanne Duperreault for this review! Read more here.
I awoke today to a full-page feature in the National Post! Have a look here.
Check out this interview with Open Book Ontario about about encouraging feedback, finding lakeside reading spots and the intimidation and gratification that comes with presenting your own creative work.
In celebration of the International Festival of Authors, Open Book interviewed me about All Inclusive, which I’ll be presenting in Woodstock and Toronto. Read about it here.
“Heart-breaking, moving, funny, and at times erotic, this novel that represents the amazing diversity of Canadian literature. A beautiful and powerful story.” Read the rest of this review here.
“I absolutely loved Farzana Doctor’s new book All Inclusive. The publisher’s summary begins with the intriguing question “What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job?” The novel takes place at an all-inclusive resort, and I loved the behind-the-scenes peek at the employees simply going through a work day while having to deal with starry eyed travellers expecting a five-star-everything experience.”
Read the rest of Jaclyn’s review and interview here.
New All Inclusive review by Kaley Stewart: “This novel will definitely be in my top five CanLit list at the end of the year.” Read the rest here.
Thanks to Scott Dagostino for this review of All Inclusive.
In the worlds that Farzana Doctor creates, ordinary people are wondrous and complicated, and all these things that divide us — countries, professions, sexualities, genders, races — are mere distractions from what truly matters. Her stories ring true enough to think our world could be that way too. One can only hope.
Read more here.