Farzana Doctor is a writer, activist, and psychotherapist. Her ancestry is Indian, and she was born in Zambia while her family was based there for five years, before immigrating to Canada in 1971. Farzana grew up and went to school right here in Whitby, ON, she attended the Quest Public school for a couple years before moving for her high school years. Her work reflects her time growing up in smalltown Canada and has a unique perspective of our beautiful town.
Seven by Farzana Doctor (2020)
A rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.
When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, she thinks that she's going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.
You Still Look The Same by Farzana Doctor (May 2022)
This debut poetry collection from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor (Seven) is both an intimate deep dive and a humorous glance at the tumultuous decade of her forties. Through crisp and vivid language, Doctor explores mid-life breakups and dating, female genital cutting, imprints of racism and misogyny, and the oddness of sex and love, and urges us to take a second look at the ways in which human relationships are never what we expect them to be.
Books will be available for purchase from Blue Heron Books at this event. Both authors will be signing at the end of the event.
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This program will be offered in-person at our Central Library.