Introducing Tanaz Bhathena

In her own words

“Growing up, I never found myself in the books that I read. If I wanted to read about a Parsi character or a book set in Saudi Arabia, I’d usually end up reading something written for adults.”

“Teens deserve to have stories that are entirely their own—from a perspective they can completely relate to—especially marginalized teens.”

“These days the western world is more aware of what goes on in Saudi Arabia when it comes to women’s rights—and I think we need to thank Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and various Saudi bloggers and activists who have been disseminating accurate information online about the Kingdom.”

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Just the facts

  • Bhathena was born in India, raised in Saudi Arabia, and then eventually moved to Canada
  • Toronto is her current home
  • She is the author of A Girl Like That, which was a national bestseller in India
  • Her forthcoming novel The Beauty of the Moment, is due to be released in Feb. 2019
  • Tanaz has written many short stories that have been published in Blackbird, Witness, and Room
  • She enjoys travelling and taking pictures
Released in Feb 2018

Read more online

Official website

Stories and essays by Tanaz Bhathena  via her website

Author Interview with Tanaz Bhathena via Rich in Color

Beyond The Bio: Tanaz Bhathena via Pick My Ya

Book Review: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena via New Asian Writing


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