Book Talks, Book Readings, Book Signings and Interviews

March 28, 2014     Book reading at Freeman-Kennedy School, Norfolk, Massachusetts.  Grades 3-6. Here is an interview with a couple of very wonderful students.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd_fI1GT39E

 Uh Oh!  You might have to high light the link, right click and go to You tube.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but do ahead and give it a shot!

Interview link to Paper Tiger blog:
http://www.papertigers.org/wordpress/the-garden-of-my-imaan-blog-tour-interview-with-farhana-zia/


Another interview link below:  

www.communityadvocate.com/.../grandmother’s-wish-inspires-timeless-t...

Oops! It's a little tricky to get to.  Highlight, right click, go to the site in the window, search for Farhana Zia. 
 

Thursday, May 19, 2011: Zeh After School Celebration, Westborough, MA
Thursday, May 12, 2011:  Book Reading, Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA
Sunday, April: Book Reading, ISW, Shrewsbury, MA
Lee and Low Book Talk:http://www.leeandlow.com

Here is an interview with Chris Bergeron of the Middlesex News:
  1. Framingham author offers a delicious tale of food, family

    As a gift to her grandchildren, Farhana Zia wrote a story of her native India about a young boy who showed his love for his grandfather by cooking savory hot rotis.

    http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x1413087899/Framingham-author-offers-a-delicious-tale-of-food-family

    Mon Jun 27 01:48:10 EDT 2011

  2. Here is an interview with Charlene Arsenault of the Northborough Patch:
    http://northborough.patch.com/articles/local-schoolteacher-publishes-children-s-book

  3. A nice article by Jen Richman of India New England magazine

    http://www.indianewengland.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=52FB2C952232416F9A5DD325F7DECC2D

     

  4. Here is a review of HOT HOT ROTI FOR DADA-JI from Yana van der Muelen Rodgers at Rutgers University. Short and sweet!

     

    "This lighthearted book stands out for its Indian context, cross-generation relations, and reversal of typical gender roles in the kitchen."

Book reading and signing at Zeh School's annual Read Aloud Night, on November 9, 2011 at 7 P.M.  Great event, with many attending! Warm PJ's and delicious cookies! Many thanks to AK, my little "Aneel" helper, for making the story come alive!
 
A great interview with Tara Lazaar
 
I am featured as Author in Residence for the month of October for ReaderKidz blog. . Here is the first part of an interview with Stephanie Green
 

 You should actually go to this link as it will bring you to the page directly.  Right click on the address and then click on the "go to" prompt that appears in the window.

     http://www.readerkidz.com/2013/09/01/our-small-world-books-that-celebrate-our-differences/

 April 26, 2015  Neighbor to Neighbor, Wayland, MA

Many thanks to Sheila Deitchman for inviting me to her lovely home in Wayland to do a reading of The Garden of my Imaan to a vibrant  group of Muslim and Jewish women. Great food, great company!

Here are some memories of the lovely evening.

     

         

        On Sunday evening, April 26, seven women from Shir Tikva and six women from the neighboring Islamic Center of Boston came together at Sheila’s home for a delicious pot luck dinner and conversation. Click here to view photos. At each Neighbor to Neighbor gathering, we are encouraged to tell our stories and to show a special family picture or a treasured object from our tradition.

         Farhana Zia, educator and author, shared with us her recent novel for children of middle school age. It is calledThe Garden of My Imaan and is a “coming of age story of Aliya, a preteen Muslim American, engaged in negotiating her way through daily issues at home and school, while at the same time coming to terms with her own identity in a post 9/11 world.” She has also written a picture book for young children titled Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. It is an “endearing tale of a young boy bent on restoring his grandfather’s fantastical powers.”

         Farhana’s presentation was a wonderful stimulus for heart-to-heart conversation between the women from both communities. We talked about a wide variety of topics, sharing our experiences as women who come from different traditions but have many things in common.

         Everyone expressed the desire to come together again very soon. Our next gathering will be hosted by one of our friends from the Islamic Center. We’d love to have you with us. Stay tuned. 

        Shalom and Salaam . . .

        Joyce Pastor & Sheila Deitchman

        Please check out Amy Vatne Bintliff's blog on confronting Islamophobia : March, 2015

        http://www.tolerance.org/blog/confronting-students-islamophobia?elqTrackId=A67F512A6200509ADA69188E6FBADF19&elq=498beaa633724a67b23b0696f99e30ef&elqCampaignId=462&elqaid=502&elqat=1



        Child of Spring: Book signing at the Peachtree booth
        Saturday, January 9, 2016
        11-12 pm
        ALA Conference
        BCEC, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA



        Saturday, April 2, 2016: Signing and book reading (Child of Spring) at R.J Julia Book sellers festival, New Haven CT with Jerry Craft, Tommy Greenwald and Caroline Magerl. Signing Child of Spring.
        Karen Rosenthal,  children events coordinator



                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                        
         
                                                               Reading Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji
         
        http://www.rjjulia.com/event/festival-childrens-books-bringing-authors-and-children-together

        January 28, 2017
        As part of an initiative to promote reading readiness skills, Framingham Public library rolled out their 1000 Books before Kindergarten program by inviting local authors to do a reading in the Costin Room.  I was happy to be one of those authors and it was a privilege to read Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji to an enthusiastic audience.  I've done my best to upload some pictures from the day but the compressed zipped photo just will not open for me! Yikes! Help!
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