Farzana Doctor is a Tkaronto-based author, activist, and a Registered Social Worker Psychotherapist. She has published four critically acclaimed novels, including Seven, which Ms. Magazine described as, “fully feminist and ambitiously bold,” and was shortlisted for the Trillium and Evergreen Awards. Her new poetry collection, You Still Look The Same, which Quill & Quire has called, “a powerful and necessary collection that breaks silences,” was just released in May 2022.
Back to BWS
I co-founded BWS in November 2009 a year and half after my first novel, Stealing Nasreen, was published. Back then, I was looking for community, and over the nine years of curating the series, I connected with many writers and neighbours.
Each event inspired my own writing and I would never have imagined that all these years later, I’d have five published books, a large writing community, and that BWS would have grown and developed into the fabulous series it is today. I’m so grateful to the volunteers who took over when I officially “retired” back in 2018.
In September, I’ll be reading at BWS from my recent poetry collection, You Still Look The Same. I wrote or rewrote most of these poems during my forties, a decade that provided a great deal of fodder for this book, including a long-term relationship’s break-up, a first crack at online dating, old trauma resurfacing, and falling in love. All of this accompanied by perimenopause!
My BWS colleagues witnessed some of these adventures, so I’m happy to be returning to share some of the poems inspired by them!
Here’s the book’s trailer: https://youtu.be/B_u96qdDcbM
And here’s a little more info about the book from a feature from the Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-novelist-farzana-doctor-pours-a-decade-of-love-loss-and-life-into-her/
I hope to see some of you on September 14th.