Liara Tamani

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Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She is the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, which was a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and a 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist, and All the Things We Never Knew.


1. Her friends call her Lili.

2. She believes that love is the most powerful thing there is in life. Not just romantic love, but the love of family and friends, the love of the world, and most importantly the love of self.

3. Her daughter and her have dance-offs on the regular.

4. She takes happiness very seriously.

5. She has absolutely no problem singing in public.

6. Succulents are her friends. Regular house plants can't

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Liara Tamani It depends. Sometimes I just keep writing, even when it's bad and I don't know where it's talking me. After a while, something will come of that...som…moreIt depends. Sometimes I just keep writing, even when it's bad and I don't know where it's talking me. After a while, something will come of that...something that feels like it's at the heart of the story.

But if absolutely nothing is coming to me, I like to move. Go for a walk. Turn on some music and dance. Or go to a museum to see something inspiring. (less)
Liara Tamani Paying attention to other human beings and exploring my own human experience.
Average rating: 3.96 · 4,398 ratings · 1,017 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Calling My Name

3.49 avg rating — 1,108 ratings — published 2017 — 11 editions
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All the Things We Never Knew

3.66 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 2020 — 3 editions
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Black Enough: Stories of Be...

4.14 avg rating — 3,220 ratings — published 2019 — 14 editions
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All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani
"All The Things We Never Knew reminded me a lot of Love & Basketball for obvious reasons, but it's more than that. It's a sweet coming of age romance with a lot of layers, featuring Houston, Texas, so it made me a little homesick for H-Town, which is " Read more of this review »
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Keep writing! A little bit of writing everyday (or on a consistent basis) adds up! And when you're done, send it out! And if you get rejected, keep sending it out.
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More of Liara's books…
“The tardy bell rings, but I'm still here, staring at the symbol for women, wondering why we're the ones who have to make babies, why we're the ones who have to deal with the blood, the stains, the shame.”
Liara Tamani, Calling My Name

“The bus stops right in front of our house and takes me day to day, week to week, and month to month of the same girls saying the same things. But at the end of March, as I stand on the stage, accepting my award for receiving 100 percent in every class for the whole month, I catch a glimpse of myself in the certificate's shiny gold stamp and finger my baby hair back away from my face. I know I'm not going to get stuck on the bus with those girls. I'm going to travel places too far for them to see, miles and miles outside of being black, past the snap of their fingers with the complementary 'Baby, boom,' 'Baby, pop,' or 'Baby, please,' past anything they say about me until I can feel them so far behind that I can look back and see stupid little girls, still occasionally talking their smack, pushing me on.”
Liara Tamani, Calling My Name

“God seems closer over the Gulf of Mexico than He does in church. Like He’s the salt I taste on my lips.”
Liara Tamani, Calling My Name

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