The Sisters Reading Collective Presents A (hilarious) book chat with Zarqa Nawaz, Creator of the hit TV series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” Author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque
Sunday, May 31 2015
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor
Cost: $5, purchase in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door
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Co-sponsored by NCCM, CCMW, OMWO, and Octopus Books.
Zarqa Nawaz's book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque will be available for purchase and author signing.
A national bestseller and A Chatelaine Book Club Pick of the Month for August 2014, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque is a hilarious memoir about growing up Muslim in a household where, according to Zarqa's father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's—but only if you order the McFish.
Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She's just as likely to be agonizing over which earrings will "pimp out" her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa's own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world, and now in Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, she tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging stories of being Zarqa in a western society. From explaining to the plumber why the toilet must be within arm's reach of the tap (hint: it involves a watering can and the Muslim obsession with cleanliness "down there") to refusing to use an outhouse for fear of jinn possession, Zarqa paints an eye-opening—and often eye-rolling—portrait of a proud (if slighlty neurotic) Muslim woman.