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Angry Queer Somali Boy
A Complicated Memoir
By (artist): Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

By (artist) :

Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali


University of Regina Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Cloth over boards
Hardcover , Cloth over boards


General Trade
Oct 05, 2019
$21.95 CAD


165.1 x 107.95 mm | 250 gr

Page Count:

144 pages
University of Regina Press
Memoirs|Relating to Islamic / Muslim people and groups|Relating to gay people
Southwestern Ontario: Greater Toronto Area
  • Short Description
A young gay Muslim immigrant struggles to fit in on the streets of Toronto.
“A tour de force.” —Omayra Issa, Radio-Canada

Kidnapped by his father on the eve of Somalia’s societal implosion, Mohamed Ali was taken first to the Netherlands by his stepmother, and then later on to Canada. Unmoored from his birth family and caught between twin alienating forces of Somali tradition and Western culture, Mohamed must forge his own queer coming of age.

What follows in this fierce and unrelenting account is a story of one young man’s nascent sexuality fused with the violence wrought by displacement.

“Heartbreaking.” —Quill & Quire

“A stunning memoir that will resonate with every queer person who has been through the fire.” —Diriye Osman, author of Fairytales for Lost Children

“Both tragic and healing, Angry Queer Somali Boy offers resplendent writing that intimately grapples with placelessness, identity, and belonging, in all its forms.” —Huda Hassan, writer and researcher

"A masterpiece of memoir, but also a cultural critique of the first order.” —Popmatters

The Advocate “Best of 2019”

CBC Books “Best of 2019”

Popmatters “Best of 2019

Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and lived in the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada as a teenager. He currently lives in Toronto. This is his first book.

MEDIA: active media campaign intended to obtain print, radio, online, and television coverage in national, regional, and local markets, concentrating specifically on ON as well as cities with large immigrant populations. Will also target gay/LBTQ2S+ and immigrant publications, alternative and/or independent media (Rabble.ca, Briarpatch). 

(U of R Press has a stellar established track record in obtaining media, with regular coverage in major outlets such as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBC's The Current and The Next Chapter, CBC Books, as well as regional print, TV, and radio outlets, and international outlets such as The Guardian and the New York Times.)

ADVERTISING: $5,000 budget, devoted to print ads in Mother Jones, Literary Review of Canada, and online ads on rabble.ca. 

- online: advertising on publisher website
- social media: giveaway, promotions through 49th Shelf 
- events: Toronto area festival appearances and Toronto launch  

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