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November 2018 Update – A Richly Realized Underwater Tale

It’s been an exciting and busy time for The Oyster Thief! And momentum is picking up even more. Following last month’s successful book launch, The Oyster Thief has been receiving tremendous engagement across media and social media. I’ve gathered the latest updates for you below.

Also, you’ll see information in this update about a publicity intern role I am recruiting for, and book events!

 

MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA

I wrote an article about ocean science and conservation in The Ecologist, a world-leading environmental affairs platform based in the UK. Take a look here.

(Credits, from left to right: Lindsey @readingbetweethe_wines, Tiffany @bookishly_tiff, Jacky @betterwithabookinmyhand)

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Book Review: Farmageddon in Pictures

I loved Philip Lymbery’s earlier books Farmageddon and Dead Zone, and so was excited when a friend gifted me a copy of Mr. Lymbery’s Farmageddon in Pictures (2017).

My thoughts on Farmageddon and Farmageddon in Pictures resemble Peter Singer’s thoughts on my own book, Project Animal Farm: “I thought I already knew everything there is to know about modern animal production, but I learned many new things from this very readable book, and you will, too.”

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Book Review: A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult’s latest book A Spark of Light is a terrific read. The novel’s structure is interesting in two ways, both of them challenging but superbly executed: The story builds backward from the climax, and there are several characters with points of view.

Jodi Picoult and A Spark of Light

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Winners of the Pre-Order Contest, and Invitation to the Book Launch Party!

I have lots of updates in the lead-up to the launch of The Oyster Thief: the book launch party, reviews, names of the winners of the pre-order contest, notes on next steps, and Chapter One of The Oyster Thief—now available for you to read!

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

The book launch party will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 7pm at The Theatre Center in Toronto (1115 Queen Street West, next to the Drake Hotel). A big thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Another Story Bookshop for organizing.

REVIEWS

I am honored that The Oyster Thief has received an endorsement from the world’s foremost ocean scientist and one of my personal heroes, Dr. Sylvia Earle! “The Oyster Thief deftly weaves a mermaid’s tale while bringing real and urgent ocean conservation issues to the reader’s attention. Dive in and enjoy!”

The newspaper The Globe and Mail describes The Oyster Thief as one of its most anticipated fall reads and says in its review: “A stand-out in the current crop of books about merfolk is The Oyster Thief, the fiction debut of Sonia Faruqi…. The charm of this beguiling novel is in all the details of the underwater world that Faruqi has dreamed up.”

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Limited Time Offer – Major Prizes for Early Bird Readers of The Oyster Thief!

The story behind the story is that the idea of an underwater world fell into my mind on January 1st, 2015. It was a freezing-cold morning in Canada, and I wished I could escape into tropical waters. But it was too expensive to book a last-minute flight, so I decided to escape in my mind. With a cup of tea in hand, I started inventing an underwater world.

In the years since, I became so fascinated by the deep blue that I learned all I could about its swirling depths. I snorkeled, scuba-dived, swam with sharks, and pored over books and countless articles about the ocean. I also gave my imagination free rein.

Fast-forwarding to today, I am excited to announce that my project of passion and imagination, The Oyster Thief, will be released in October!

Book Jacket of The Oyster Thief

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Acknowledgments for The Oyster Thief

When people ask me about writing, I tell them it’s a labor of love. But it’s not just the author’s love—the people who love you most often end up laboring a lot along the way as well.

An advance reading copy of The Oyster Thief

My husband Aamer Hasham encouraged me to write and accompanied me to book events. My twin sister Sofia Faruqi listened to me talk about The Oyster Thief for hours on end. Her patient questions helped me untangle plot intricacies and her thoughts helped me devise new angles. My brother Salman Faruqi contributed tremendous big-picture thinking. An avid reader of fiction, he provided ideas to create more characters and enhance conflict.

Beta readers played a crucial role in the development of The Oyster Thief. In addition to my husband, brother, and sister, the team included: Stacey Gordon Sterling, who paid thorough attention to detail, Kristyn Nanlal Khetia, who delved into pace and emotion, and Lauren Friedwald, who focused on clarity and feeling. Without the commitment of the team of beta readers, The Oyster Thief would not be the same.

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May 2018 Update: Exciting Ocean News

I am excited to say that my Book Promotion Kick-Off Party went amazingly well! I am incredibly grateful to those who attended.

Here is some exciting ocean-related news:

  • Australia’s government pledged $500 million dollars toward protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, visible from outer space, stretching more than 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) off the coast of Australia.
  • This summer, an organization called The Ocean Cleanup will attempt to launch its first cleanup inside the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.
  • World Oceans Day is on June 8th! In addition to heading to the shore, you can learn about actions you can take for the oceans here.

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April 2018 Update (Part II): Events and an Invitation for You

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a Book Promotion Kick-Off Party at my home in Toronto on Tuesday, May 22nd, from 7 to 9pm, with snacks and refreshments. You are invited to join for an enjoyable evening of brainstorming ways for my upcoming debut novel The Oyster Thief to reach an audience!

If you’re interested in attending, please let me know by Tuesday, May 15 at info@soniafaruqi.com. If you know someone else who might be interested, please feel free to share the invitation below with them.

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April 2018 Update (Part I): Food Sustainability Event Flyers

Hello,

I am excited to share here the details and flyers for three upcoming spring events for Project Animal Farm in Toronto!

A critically acclaimed work of global investigative journalism, Project Animal Farm traces my journey investigating animal farms around the world and their impact on animals, people, and the planet. In the events, I will be speaking about food sustainability, and how we can all play a role in creating a better world. Please click on the links below to learn further details or visit the Events page here. All events are free and open to the public.