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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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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September 2016 Update: Toronto and Guelph Vegetarian Food Festivals

I was pleased to speak at the Toronto and Guelph Vegetarian Food Festivals this month. Both festivals took place at beautiful venues along the water in their respective cities and were attended by thousands of people. The food was delicious and the conversations delightful. The presence of family and friends made the days even better!

A panel at the Toronto Vegetarian Food festival. With Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States; Susie Coston, Shelter Director at Farm Sanctuary; and Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows
A panel at the Toronto Vegetarian Food festival. With Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States; Susie Coston, Shelter Director at Farm Sanctuary; and Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

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The Hoedown at Farm Sanctuary

I spent a magical weekend in the foothills of upstate New York, at an annual conference of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that rescues farm animals. I kicked off the conference, called the Hoedown, by being the first speaker.

Sonia at Farm Sanctuary

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Dartmouth Event Photos

I loved my trip to Dartmouth in April 2016, which reminded me yet again of how fortunate I was to attend the school. Surrounded by hills and dotted with trees, Dartmouth is a thoughtful and understated community. I spoke at the Rockefeller Center and had dinner with students, followed by a lecture in a class.

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The ImagiNation Book Festival in Quebec City

I loved my trip to Quebec City. From the organizers to the venue, the hotel to the city, the ImagiNation Book Festival that took place at Morrin Center last week was absolutely wonderful. I spoke about Project Animal Farm on Saturday, April 9; here are some of my favorite photos from the event.

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Photos from Trent University Event

I enjoyed speaking to a full house of students and community members at Trent University on January 27, 2016. I discussed my experiences and insights at farms, answered dozens of questions, read from Project Animal Farm, and signed copies of the book. I also enjoyed meeting Yann Martel on February 1st during his book tour of his new book, The High Mountains of Portugal.

Trent University Event
Trent University Event

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