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Book*hug Fall/Winter 2018-19 Catalogue

It Begins With The Body
By (author): Hana Shafi
Hana Shafi




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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 10, 2018
$18.00 CAD


8.8in x 6 x 0.2 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
POETRY / Women Authors
It Begins With The Body by Hana Shafi explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. Shafi's poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity, and faith.

Accompanied by Shafi's candid illustrations that share the same delightful mixture of grotesque and humour found in her poems, It Begins With The Body navigates the highs and lows of youth. It is about feeling like an outsider, and reconciling with pain and awkwardness. It's about arguing with your mum about wanting to wax off your unibrow to the first time you threw up in a bar in your twenties, and everything in between. Funny and raw, personal and honest, Shafi's exciting debut is about finding the right words you wished you had found when you needed them the most.

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her visual art and writing frequently explores themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture with an affinity to horror. A graduate of Ryerson University's Journalism Program, she has published articles in publications such as The Walrus, Hazlitt, This Magazine, Torontoist, Huffington Post, and has been featured on Buzzfeed India, Buzzfeed Canada, CBC, Flare Magazine, Mashable, and Shameless, Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, she is also the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Born in Dubai, Shafi's family immigrated to Mississauga in 1996, and she currently lives and works in Toronto. It Begins With The Body is her first book.

Digial ARCs available July 2018.
Tour: Toronto, Brampton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary, Montreal

For more information contact
[email protected]

"Hana Shafi's work is a sigh of relief for the queer Muslim brown kid I was, and the queer
Muslim brown adult I know am. It's the act of visibility, of being seen  through the words on a page that are so life affirming. I feel grateful  that I'm of a time where art like this is being made. It's relatable, it's a delight." —Fariha Róisín

"Hana Shafi demonstrates herself as both a visual artist and poet. It's important for young girls to know we can express ourselves in many formats, sometimes simultaneously and that our complexities don't need to be distilled; they deserve to be expanded upon." —Alysha Brilla

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