BWS 14.03.18: Anar Ali

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Anar Ali’s first book, Baby Khaki’s Wings, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Best First Book), Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her debut novel, The Night of Power, is forthcoming from Penguin. Ali is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and has a 1-hour TV family drama series in development with the CBC. She currently splits her time between Toronto and Mexico.

 

My forthcoming novel, The Night of Power, took me a long time to write. It’s set in an Indo-Canadian family from Uganda. At the core, the book is about finding home, not only in a new country,  but inside family, and within our own bodies, too. Ironically (or maybe appropriately!) it was written across several cities and countries. These photos are a collage of the houses, writer’s residencies, and homes I stayed in while writing the book. They are, in a sense, a map of this novel.

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The Millay Colony for the Arts, Upstate New York

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 The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta

4. Fundacion Valparaiso

Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain

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Mexico

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Mexico

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Mexico

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Mexico

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Mexico

10. Kensignton Market

Toronto

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Toronto

West Queen West

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Toronto

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Mexico

14. Trinity-Bellwoods

Toronto

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Mexico

 

Anar Ali visits Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in our new home, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, at 6:30pm (PWYC) alongside Sonia Di Placido, Alicia Elliott, Crystal Mars, and special guest speaker Farzana Doctor who will discuss, “How to Mindfully Address Your Inner Critic (so that you can get back to your writing)”.

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