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Our Book Discussion Group aims to share titles by authors who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

Over the next four weeks, read We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samara Habib, then meet with others online to share thoughts and impressions in a librarian-led discussion.

"When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space--in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit--became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved. So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest self.”

-Penguin Random House

After you've registered, we'll contact you to arrange book pickup at your preferred BPL location. There are also a limited number of e-book copies available.

The group will meet online using Zoom. To join the discussion, you'll need a device with internet connection, audio and a microphone. A link to join the discussion will be emailed one day before the event.

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