To 'All the Boys I’ve Loved Before' meets 'Pride and Prejudice' in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.
Priyanka Taslim will be joined in conversation with award winning young adult author Marina Budhos.
This event is co-presented with AAPI Montclair. Their mission is to create a more inclusive community by uplifting the varied experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advocating for AAPI rights and representation, and promoting awareness and education around AAPI culture and history.
Watchung Booksellers will be on site to with copies available for purchase.
Priyanka Taslim (she/her) is a Bangladeshi American writer, teacher, and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein. Currently, Priyanka teaches English by day and tells all kinds of stories about Bangladeshi characters by night. Her writing usually stars spunky Bangladeshi heroines finding their place in the world—and a little swoony romance, too. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram and check out her website, PriyankaTaslim.com. 'The Love Match' is her debut novel.
Marina Budhos is the author of several books for young adults and adults. Her newest novel is We Are All We Have, about Rania, a 17-year-old girl bursting with dreams, an asylum-seeker, when suddenly her life is shattered, and she takes to the road – in search of sanctuary and family truths. Among her prior books are Watched, The Long Ride, Tell Us We’re Home, which was a 2017 Essex County YA Pick, and Ask Me No Questions, recipient of the first James Cook Teen Book Award. She has also published the adult novels The Professor of Light and House of Waiting, and three works of nonfiction. Her books have been published in several countries and her short work has appeared in publications such as The Daily Beast, LitHub, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and in anthologies. She has received an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, three Fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and has been a Fulbright Scholar to India. She is a professor emerita at English at William Paterson University, and frequently gives talks throughout the country and abroad. You can find out more at her website here.
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