Hana Shafi (AKA Frizz Kid) is a writer and artist. Her visual art and writing frequently explores themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. Her first book, It Begins with the Body, was listed by CBC as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2018. A graduate of Ryerson University's Journalism Program, she has published articles in The Walrus, Hazlitt, THIS Magazine, and Torontoist, and has been featured on Buzzfeed, CBC, and in Flare, Shameless and The New York Times. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, Shafi is the recipient of the 2017 Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Born in Dubai, Shafi's family immigrated to Mississauga, Ontario, in 1996. She lives and works in Toronto.
This week was a sweet one on the blog: we baked a French Apple Cake to pair with a fell-good book, two artists had an endearing conversation about depictions of queer love, translator Katia Grubisic shared an adorable moment from her childhood, and more.
With the chaos of the presidential debates in full swing, we turned our sights to things that soothe us: books! Scroll on to find out what we were up to this week.
After a trip to see my grandparents in Dubai was cancelled—a wise decision by my mother—just days before Ontario went into a state of emergency, I opted to stay with my parents in Mississauga during quarantine instead of in my small one bedroom apartment in Toronto. In ... Read more
Cue the pumpkin spice lattes: fall books are lining the shelves. Check out which books All Lit Up staffers are excited for this season.
We started off the week with our annual literary awards hangover, brought you our Gift Guide for holiday book-buying, and learned some rare words (we hope this In Review ensorcells you).
This week we reflected on our time at Toronto's Word on the Street, binged The Good Place, compared unreliable narrators, and lots more.
No worthy reading list is complete without some debut books to discover from emerging writers who might just be your next scrollmate. Check out the four debuts from 2018 that we're excited about.
To keep our fourth Birthday from being too much of an own-horn-tooting good time – what can we say, we’re an only child – we’re looking outwards at four great things going on in Canadian Literature right now.
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