Tucson Festival of Books

Saadia Faruqi (she/her/hers)



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Saadia Faruqi was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. She writes the Yasmin series and popular middle-grade novels such as "Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero." Her new series is about Marya Khan. Besides writing books for kids, she also loves reading, binge-watching her favorite shows and taking naps. She lives in Houston with her family.

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Communities: Pakistani American


Scheduled events:
Something New: Diverse Voices in Early Chapter Books
For many years, early chapter books reflected an "all-white" world that has recently been disrupted by authors of color. The girls in their books live within communities rich in cultural traditions and family relationships. This session highlights books written out of Latinx, Pakistani and Indigenous cultural traditions.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Monica Brown, Saadia Faruqi, Dawn Quigley
Moderator: Desirée Cueto
Living Your Truth as Activists and Authors
Authors often take a stance of activism in the decisions they make about whose stories they choose to tell but that activism can take many forms both inside and outside of the world of children's books. Three authors who live their truths as activists will talk about the many ways in which this activism has led them to make decisions about supporting other authors and illustrators, writing and speaking about social issues and engaging in work with social justice organizations.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Saadia Faruqi, Linda Sue Park, Aida Salazar
Moderator: Carol Brochin

Books:
Marya Khan and the Fabulous Jasmine Garden (Marya Khan #2)
Children / Teens
Abrams, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781419761188
144 pages

Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party
(Marya Khan #1)
Children / Teens
Abrams, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781419761171
160 pages