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Book Launch ‘Passion Fruit – Tahnget Phal’ and Readings from ‘Skeena’

Launching Fauzia Rafique’s
Chapbook of English and Punjabi poetry
‘Passion Fruit-Tahnget Phal’
Readings From her novel
Event Hosted by
Valerie B. Taylor
Cover Art
Kanwal Dhaliwal

Sunday, June 26
1 to 3 PM
Renaissance Books
#43-6th Street
New Westminster
(Columbia Skytrain Station)

‘Passion Fruit – Tahnget Phal’ combines some of Fauzia’s original English and Punjabi poems. Punjabi presented in both Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi scripts.
Published by Uddari Books (Surrey, British Columbia) with support from Author Manolis of Libros Libertad.


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‘A page turner from beginning to end’ novel ‘Skeena’‏

Valerie B. -Taylor

Author Fauzia Rafique’s highly acclaimed novel ‘Skeena’ is a compelling story of a young Muslim Canadian woman’s transitional evolution which spans 30 years from the land of her birthplace to the land of her rebirth.

Skeena’s journey is set in a framework of a life of oppression caused by cultural, religious, racist, patriarchal, familial, political, and societal conditions. Although told in a narrative based on Skeena’s Muslim identity and birthright the story transcends all cultural boundaries of violence against women. The story is layered in memorable characters and details so rich you will want to savor every word. The novel documents yet another personal account of a powerful voice that breaks the code of silence in the world of violence against woman and oppression of all peoples.

A page turner from beginning to end. A potential best seller.

Essential reading for high school and university students.

Aurhor/Presenter Valerie B. -Taylor is the President of New West Writers group. More information here:

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‘Skeena’ at Lit Fest New West 2011, April 16

‘Skeena’ will be available in all three editions at the literature festival in New Westminster on Saturday April 16, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Lit Fest New West 2011 Celebrating the Written Word, is the yearly literary festival of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The two-day festival will take place at Douglas College located at 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster.

Look for Skeena at the Libros Libertad table.

More information on the Lit Fest New west

More on Libros Libertad

Buy Skeena in English, Gurumukhi or Shahmukhi

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‘Each New Wave’ a poem by Valerie Parks

Hi Fauzia;
I’m looking forward to your book launch this Sunday. I wish you every success…
I have stolen a line from your book ‘Skeena’ (Each new wave tests the river bank) to write a poem…

Each new wave
Valerie Parks

Each new wave
tests the river bank,
eventually washes it away.
I will not be washed away
by the whim of life’s
winds and waves.
I am a dike.
Although assailed
I stand firm.
I will not be breached.

Valerie Parks is a poet and a long time cultural activist. Her new collection of poetry ‘Pathways’ (Silver Bow Publishing, New Westminster 2011) is set to be launched on April 17 at 2:30 PM at Renaissance Books in New Westminster. Contact her at the email address below.

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