Afghani flight to freedom

Shahnaz Qayumi (left) writes about the aftermath of the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 and details life under Taliban rule for young readers in her latest novel.FULL STORY

 

Competing cultures

January 23rd, 2023

Completing her Creative Writing MFA while working as a communications manager at UBC’s Faculty of Arts, Emi Sasagawa is set to release her debut novel, Atomweight (Tidewater Press $22.95) about a young Japanese-Canadian woman, Aki, who discovers her passion for fighting as an atomweight while studying overseas in England. Her family isn’t likely to approve. Always viewed as a “good girl, good student and good daughter” back home, Aki must also break the news to her parents that she is gay in this story about reconciling competing cultures, traditions and values. Sasagawa is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post to Room. 9781990160165

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