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Tanaz Bhathena

Tanaz Bhathena

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Tanaz Bhathena writes books for young adults. She is the author of Rising"> like a Storm, the sequel to the 2021 White Pine Award winning novel, Hunted">"... by the Sky, which was also named a Best Book of the Year by the CBC and USBBY. Her novel, The">">The Beauty of the Moment, won the Nautilus Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction. Her acclaimed debut, A">">A Girl Like That, was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous outlets including The Globe and MailSeventeen, and The Times of India.  Her short stories have appeared in various publications including The HinduBlackbirdWitness, and Room. Born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada, Tanaz lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with her family. 



A Girl Like That. Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018
The Beauty of the Moment. Penguin Teen Canada, 2019


Mississauga Arts Council Award (MARTY) for Emerging Literary Arts, 2009
Nominee for YALSA's Best Books of 2019 for A Girl Like That, 2018
Nominee for the OLA White Pine Award 2019 for A Girl Like That, 2018
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Presentation Description

Tanaz talks about how she began writing books for teens and how her first two novels A Girl Like That and The Beauty of the Moment were published. The presentation allocates sufficient time for Q&A about the writing and publishing process.

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Young Adult, Short Stories
Audience Size:

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