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Ava Homa is a writer, journalist, and activist. DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE (May 2020) is her debut novel published by the HarperCollins in Canada & ABRAMS in the US. Her collection of short stories Echoes from the Other Land (Mawenzi, Toronto, 2010) was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Conner Short Story Prize and secured a place among the ten winners of the 2011 CBC Reader’s Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize. Homa is also the inaugural recipient of the PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-In-Exile Scholarship. 

In different settings across North America and Europe, Homa has delivered speeches on writing as resistance, human rights, gender equality, Kurdish affairs, media literacy, and other topics.

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The Independent calls Daughters of Smoke and Fire one of the five biggest books of May

Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa



“A blisteringly powerful tale of standing up to oppression and terror . . . [a] haunting novel.”

—Independent



“Stark and elucidating . . . Through the courageous character of Leila, Homa paints a picture of many Kurdish women who have struggled against persecution and misogyny. . . . Homa’s remarkable novel serves as a potent and illuminating window into the persecution of the Kurds.” —BookPage Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.32 · 413 ratings · 123 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Daughters of Smoke and Fire

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Echoes from the Other Land

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On terror and defiance (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 26, 2020 10:22AM
Description: Tyrants fall one after another. Farzad Kamangar and his like transcend.
On terror, the pain of the Ukraine plane crash and glimpses of defiance (Literature & Fiction)
0 chapters   —   updated Jan 26, 2020 10:20AM
Description: Tyrants fall one after another. Farzad Kamangar and his like transcend.
Why Resistance Is Foundational to Kurdish Literature (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 31, 2019 09:38AM
Description: Ava Homa on What Statelessness, Trauma, and Political Exile Have Taught Her as a Writer
Echoes from the Other Land (Literature & Fiction)
0 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: Collection of short stories set in modern Iran
Still: Short Stories Inspired By Photographs Of Vacated Spaces (Literature & Fiction)
0 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:34PM
Description: Collection of Short Stories
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"Daughters of Smoke and Fire is a truly outstanding novel. That it is also a first novel makes the achievement even more impressive, in part because the underlying focus of the work is the inhumane treatment to which two groups of people – women and K" Read more of this review »
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The collection was brilliant. I am a stateless Kurd and her poems have given me so much joy, like she gives words to what remains unarticulated in me

She is a poet I will always follow and highly recommend.
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The collection was brilliant. I am a stateless Kurd and her poems have given me so much joy, like she gives words to what remains unarticulated in me

She is a poet I will always follow and highly recommend.
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“به آرامی آغاز به مردن می‌كنی
اگر سفر نكنی
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اگر به اصوات زندگی گوش ندهی
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به آرامی آغاز به مردن می‌كنی
زماني كه خودباوري را در خودت بكشی
وقتي نگذاري ديگران به تو كمك كنند
به آرامي آغاز به مردن می‌كنی
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اگر روزمرّگی را تغيير ندهی
اگر رنگ‏های متفاوت به تن نكنی
يا اگر با افراد ناشناس صحبت نكنی
تو به آرامی آغاز به مردن می‌كنی
اگر از شور و حرارت
از احساسات سركش
و از چيزهايی كه چشمانت را به درخشش وامی‌دارند
و ضربان قلبت را تندتر مي‌كنند
دوری كنی

تو به آرامی آغاز به مردن می‌كنی
اگر هنگامی كه با شغلت،‌ يا عشقت شاد نيستی، آن را عوض نكنی
اگر برای مطمئن در نامطمئن خطر نكنی
اگر ورای روياها نروی
اگر به خودت اجازه ندهی
كه حداقل يك بار در تمام زندگي‏ات
ورای مصلحت‌انديشی بروی
امروز زندگی را آغاز كن
امروز مخاطره كن
امروز كاری كن”
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Louise Erdrich
“Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.”
Louise Erdrich

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Ava Homa My Programs as George Brown College Pen Lecturer-in-Residence
http://ava-homa.blogspot.ca/2012/10/m...
Workshops:
Fiction Writing 3-Session Workshop: November 2, 9 and 16, 2012
Broadcasting International Movies and Generating Discussions:November 6, 2012, “Turtles Can Fly”
November 20, 2012, “A Separation”
Reading and Open Mic., November 28, 2012


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Sadf hi---god day===Avas


message 1: by Ava

Ava Homa Don't take yourself too seriously, no one else does.


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