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Tanaz Bhathena

Photo: Annette Seip 2014

Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Her debut novel A Girl Like That was named one of the Best Young Adult Books of 2018 by PopSugar and Seventeen and was a Romance Times Top Pick. Her second novel The Beauty of the Moment releases on Feb 26 2019. Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room. A wanderer at heart, Tanaz can often be found travelling to different countries, learning bits and pieces of a foreign language, and taking way too many photographs. She loves slapstick comedies and any kind of music that makes her dance. She lives in the Toronto area with her family.

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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
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


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:
Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
GST applicable