Writing from within the Middle East and North Africa and in diaspora, these LGBTQ2IA+ authors are sharing their stories.
Iranian-born Djavadi’s first novel follows Kimiâ Sadr who left Iran for France as a young girl. Now as a young woman, Kimiâ’ memories and ancestor’s stories are overwhelming her. This lively novel weaves together personal stories of family with Iranian history, politics, culture. Lambda Literary Award winner.
As the first openly gay writer to be published in Morocco, this short story collection compiles story written before he publicly came out. Through these stories, the reader wanders into working-class Moroccan life, family tensions and obligations, all set amongst the cities and neighbourhoods of Taïa’s upbringing.
As his first published work in English, The Clothesline Swing tells the epic story of two lovers who flee from Syria to Canada. Now elderly Hakawati, the storyteller in the couple, tells stories each night to his dying lover. A Lambda Literary Award Nominee, you can read the #GlobalPRIDELitMonth review here.
Written by the truly international Saleem Haddad, Guapa takes place in an anonymous Arab country, set over 24 hours. Rasa, a gay man, usually spends his days translating for foreign journalists and pining for his lover, Taymour. When his grandmother catches them in bed together, Rasa spends the next day avoiding his grandmother and roaming the city. Winner of the Polari First Book Prize.
A bestseller when it was published in Arabic, The Others tells the story of an unnamed Shi’i woman living in Saudi Arabia as a college student. Delving into political oppression, religion and lesbian experimentation, the novel’s writer and translator are unknown. You can read the #GlobalPRIDELitMonth review here.
Guest Editor of #GlobalPRIDELitMonth and Writer: Anita Fata (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master in Libraries and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool. A daughter of European immigrants, she is a first generation Canadian settler, living and working on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in what is now called Vancouver, BC, Canada. Fascinated by the pitfalls of cataloguing, she also spends too much time thinking about translated literature and LGBT2QIA+ authors while volunteering atOut on the Shelves Library. Find her on Twitter @anita_if