December 2017 Update: The Dance of a Seahorse

I am excited to announce the launch of this newly designed website! Please let me know what you think.

I’m also thinking of forming a small team of beta readers—readers who are interested in reading chapters of my upcoming debut novel The Oyster Thief and providing feedback. It’s a great opportunity for avid readers who want to influence a live work. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, please send me a note at

In the November 2017 update, I talked a little about Coralline and Izar, the two protagonists in The Oyster Thief. The story features some animal characters too, in addition to human ones. (Yes, it’s still a book for adults, but it’s an underwater odyssey and I’m finding it great fun to have animal characters in the story!)

The animal characters are based on true traits of their species. One of them is a seahorse.

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August 2017 Update: The War Between Past and Present

I hope you’re enjoying the summer as much as I am!

I would like to share with you the name of a documentary I recently watched and enjoyed: Chasing Coral. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.

Chasing Coral features startling images and facts about the oceans. Made by the director of 2012 award-winning documentary Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral arrived on Netflix a month ago. I recommend the film to anyone interested in the past, present, and future of the oceans.

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July 2017 Update: Two-year anniversary of Project Animal Farm

I am excited to announce that July 15 marks the two-year anniversary of Project Animal Farm. We’ve come a long way together!

Project Animal Farm continues to touch the minds and hearts of readers. Just this summer, the book received its third accolade. It was selected as a finalist for the 2017 International Book Awards. Previous accolades for Project Animal Farm include its selection as a runner-up for the 2016 New England Book Festival Award and a finalist for the 2015 Chautauqua Prize.

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February 2017 Update: Cows and the World

My January blog about wild birds touched a chord among readers. Two websites reposted it on their platforms, spreading the word further. If you missed it, take a look here at the true story about an emerald bird called Emi.

I was honored to be featured in a short documentary called BEEF made by a fourteen-year-old, Sevy Lortie. An inspiring young man, he says: “I’d like to grow up into a kind and peaceful world. I hope to help make the world more green, and work to raise awareness and take action around climate change.” Watch the 16-minute film here.

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Letters from Readers in 2016

As I look back at 2016, here are 25 of my favorite notes from readers of Project Animal Farm during the year. I am deeply humbled by all the support.

  • “Sonia – I have to say, ‘Thank you for writing Project Animal Farm.’ When I retired a year ago, I made it my goal to read every day…and I have…Your [book] is at the top of my ‘Best Ever Read” list.’” – Steve
  • “I was repeatedly blown away and humbled by the insightfulness of your writing.” – Lucas

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Photos from Ottawa Writers Festival

I loved my speaking engagements at the Ottawa and Kingston Writers Festivals in the last couple of weeks. I spoke at the Kingston Writers Festival on September 29 and the Ottawa Writers Festival on October 15. Both attracted a terrific array of people of all ages.

The event in Kingston featured my youngest audience to date, mostly middle school students. They were incredibly engaged, interested, and intelligent. The event in Ottawa featured a conversation on stage with the festival’s Founding Director Neil Wilson, as well as an audience interested in food literacy. I am humbled to say that Project Animal Farm was well received at both events!

I am grateful to the festivals and their sponsors for hosting me. Both events were also supported by wonderful bookstores and tech teams as well.

Sonia Faruqi at the Ottawa Writers Festival in October 2016
Sonia Faruqi at the Ottawa Writers Festival in October 2016

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