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May 30, 2013 Posted by tahir in Books

New Release: Three Essays

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I’m very pleased to share with you the release of these three essays. Those who have read Eye Spy will be especially interested in the essay on cannibalism. They are all currently available online as individual purchases, and the three essay bundle will be available very soon.

The Legacy of Arab Science

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The Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show on Earth

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Cannibalism: It’s Just Meat

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Q&A on Writing and Travel

TS101. The explorations and adventures in most of your work are set in exotic places that are shrouded in mystery and rich in history and tradition, and it seems as though you have traveled just about everywhere. Do you happen to have any connection with a small and relatively mainstream place like Belgium?

When I was a child, I was sent to stay with friends at Ypres. I was eleven years old, and I remember the visit vividly. Of course I have returned to Belgium time and again since then, but it was that winter journey that is so burned in my memory. My sisters and I were taken to the Great War cemeteries there. I can see the headstones now – all lined up perfectly, glinting white in the flat winter sun. I remember reading the names and ages of those men. They were so young – their lives having hardly begun. A day doesn’t go by on which I don’t think of them. And it is for them that I remind my children daily: Carpe diem! Seize the day!

2. I recently heard you tell a student group that they could and should be explorers. As far as I know, there are no significant mysteries here in Belgium, though there is a great deal of history. What sorts of explorations do you think have yet to be pursued here? What do you think is the best way for parents to make explorers of their children?

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May 28, 2013 Posted by tahir in Events

Join Me for My Second AMA on reddit

Hi Reddit -- TAHIR SHAHI’ll be holding another AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit on Friday, June 21st. To participate, just head to the IAmA subreddit on June 21st and look for my post. I will also share the direct link on that day.

Please note that in order to ask me questions, you’ll need to sign up for a reddit account. Many people did this last year when I did my AMA. It only takes a minute.

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have. I’ve received many questions about Eye Spy, my bizarre new novel. So if you’ve been wondering what inspired me to write this book, join me at this AMA and ask away.

I’d appreciate it if you could please help me spread the word on this. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you on reddit.

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May 24, 2013 Posted by tahir in Books

Last Chance on Scorpion Soup

Scorpion_Soup-01If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of the limited edition Scorpion Soup hardcover, now is the time to do so. I have uploaded it to Amazon, and the price will increase as of June 8th. This is your last chance to get it at its reduced price directly from my website.

I think I mentioned to you before the hardcover was released that I wanted to make it available to my readers at a discounted price before uploading it to Amazon. It’s been out for a few months now, and it’s time to shift the sales to Amazon.

Get your copy now.

Scorpion Soup is also available as an ebook:

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También está disponible en español: Sopa de escorpión

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May 22, 2013 Posted by tahir in Events

Join Me For a Goodreads Q&A

goodreads-logoI’ll be holding another Q&A on Goodreads on Wednesday, June 5th of this year. To participate, join the group. You can begin posting questions at any time, and I’ll answer them on June 5th.

Feel free to ask me any questions about my books, my writing process, my travels, or my move to self publishing. Or, of course, about Dar Khalifa!

I’ve received numerous questions about Eye Spy, my bizarre new novel. So if you’ve been wondering what inspired me to write this book, join me at the Q&A.

I’d appreciate it if you could please help me spread the word on this. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you on Goodreads.

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Q&A on The Caliph's House

2012-07-26 10.48.43I am occasionally interviewed via email or invited to participate in a Q&A for a course that is reading one of my books. I thought I’d share this one with you, which discuses The Caliph’s House:

1. Why did you choose to express your feelings through imagery, rather than express them directly? 

That’s a good question and one I have never been asked before. I wrote The Caliph’s House not long after 9/11, and I had that atrocity in my mind all the way through. It was really important to me to try and show Morocco from the inside out, and in a way that American people especially could receive. I wanted to show the kingdom in ways that were not merely descriptive, but touched the senses, as well as reaching an audience through anecdotes. It was difficult to do, but I am always so happy when people write to me saying that the book changed the way they regarded Morocco — ie as not “just another” Arab country.

2. Did you realise that the Arabic meaning of the characters’ names in the book correlate to their personalities, or is this coincidental?

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