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In 2010, Vivek Shraya self-published God Loves Hair, her first book; in the ten years since, Vivek has published six more titles including a novel, poetry collection, graphic novel, and children's picture book, while also working as an artist, musician, and academic. God Loves Hair is a collection of short stories that follows a tender, intelligent, and curious child as they navigate the complex realms of gender creativity, queerness, brownness, religion, and belonging. This tenth-anniversary edition includes a foreword by award-winning YA writer Cherie Dimaline (The Marrow Thieves), as well as additional a new preface, story, and illustrations. Told with the poignant insight and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey, God Loves Hair is a moving and ultimately joyous portrait of the resiliency of youth. Ages 12 and up.
About the Author
Vivek Shraya's previous books include the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children's picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi (all published by Arsenal Pulp Press), as well as I'm Afraid of Men and What I Love About Being QUEER. She is editor of the Arsenal Pulp Press imprint VS. Books, dedicated to work by new and emerging Black or Indigenous writers or writers of color. She is an assistant professor in the University of Calgary's Department of English. Juliana Neufeld is an award-winning illustrator and mixed media artist living in Toronto. Her work has been inspired by the whimsy of children's illustration, journal art, and an obsession with textiles. Her work can be found in books, album covers, and nooks and crannies throughout the internet. Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community. Her 2017 book The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General's Award and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. Her most recent book is Empire of Wild.