A children's book by Sonia Saikaley Find out how Samantha solves her problem of being bored when all her friends are on vacation. Samantha's Sandwich Stand is an inspiring story about believing in yourself, accepting help from others when something doesn't succeed at first, and celebrating each other's differences.
In this novel, Sonia Saikaley beautifully portrays the struggle of first generation Canadians as she delves into the life of Adele. At the same time Adele wants to shed her parents' ways and demands, she learns to embrace her heritage while forging her own identity.
A collection of poetry features poems which are threaded with the transformation of the seasons from Matsuo Basho’s travels to a love affair between a kabuki cross-dresser and a lonely geisha and the struggles of women in ancient and modern-day Japan. The collection takes the reader on a journey through the fascinating culture of Japan with graceful and accessible language.
Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter takes the reader from Lebanon’s olive groves to Montreal’s frigid winters and underground malls. These closely connected poems present a narrative threaded with the rich traditions of the Middle East, from its dazzling varied food to its bustling Arabian marketplaces and passionate politics.
Amir Radi hates washing dishes. When he left Beirut, with a tightly grasped suitcase, he hadn’t expected he’d end up at a Middle-Eastern restaurant with old cooks and dirty dishes. Amir knows his immigrant dream has somehow drowned in foamy dishwater. But one night, he meets Rami and begins to feel less isolated, more hopeful, and closer to overcoming a tragic time in his childhood, something he had tried to leave in Beirut.
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Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa to a big Lebanese family. The daughter of a shopkeeper, she had access to all the treats she wanted. Years ago she belly-danced her way across Northern Japan and taught English there, too. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers.
Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest.
She has two poetry collections Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter and A Samurai’s Pink House.
Her novel, The Allspice Bath, was the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal winner and the 2020 International Book Awards winner for Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards.
Her first children’s picture book, Samantha’s Sandwich Stand, was published by Renaissance Press in September 2021.
She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street, which was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant.
Sonia has been a part of Art in the Neighbourhood since 2018.
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