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Fri, 02 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

Desi Girl by Sarah Malik - Book Launch

Join Sarah Malik and Neha Kale in-conversation to celebrate the release of Desi Girl.

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Desi Girl by Sarah Malik - Book Launch
Desi Girl by Sarah Malik - Book Launch

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02 Sept 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

Desi Girl: On feminism, race, faith and belonging.

A collection of fascinating memoir-style essays about coming of age and finding your feet as a second-generation Australian Muslim.

As a Pakistani-Australian teenager growing up in western Sydney, Sarah Malik came of age in the shadow of September 11. At the age of twenty, she moved out of home to begin her life as a university student, Muslim feminist and journalist.

In this energetic and timely book, Walkley Award-winner Malik dissects the many layers of identity that have shaped her, from faith to feminism, race and class. While navigating religion and family, forging a career in media and looking for a home of her own, Sarah lays bare the complexities of living between different worlds. She shares stories of working in a newsroom in the age of Islamophobia, studying Arabic in Jordan, mastering the art of swimming, loving Jane Austen, and her experiments in the world of ‘wellness’ and therapy.

Desi Girl explores the power of writing from the margins and how to find – and take – your place in the world.

About Sarah

Sarah Malik is a Walkley Award-winning Australian journalist and writer. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian Australia, The Saturday Paper and The Sydney Morning Herald; and she has presented and produced programs for ABC Radio National. She currently works as a senior writer and presenter at SBS.

About Neha

Neha Kale is a widely-published writer, journalist and critic whose work focuses on the intersection of art, contemporary culture and society. Her essays, criticism, features and other nonfiction have appeared nationally and internationally in places like The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, SBS, ArtReview, Art Guide, The Guardian, Running Dog, Kill Your Darlings, ABC and many more. She currently writes The Influence column for The Saturday Paper and is formerly the editor of VAULT magazine.


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