• Close the Tent and Dim the Lights

    by Mohammed Shamma Before I dive into that title, I’d like to give you a little taste, a little peek into my first experience with the big “O.”  I first discovered that word when I was twenty.  I was a junior in college, starting my fifth and final major, Middle Eastern Studies.  Before that, I… Continue Reading

  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

    As a contributor to Story and Chai, diversity and issues related to diversity in literature is near and dear to my heart. I am honored to be part of a group of publishers, authors, and book lovers seeking to create a conversation about the lack of diversity in literature and what we can do about… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Christa Desir

    We are thrilled to welcome Christa Desir, author of Fault Line (Simon Pulse, 2013) to story and chai. I first came to know Christa through twitter, where she speaks with passion and honesty about rape survivor issues, and with knowledge and humor about editing and writing. I read her debut novel in one afternoon, which is maybe a post… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Ali Hosseini

    Ali Hosseini’s debut novel The Lemon Grove, tells the story of Iranian identical twins Ruzbeh and Behruz,  who fall in love with the same childhood friend, and the geopolitical events tha

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part IV

    We are so grateful to Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery for her kindness and generosity in sharing so much insight and advice with us during this Q&A series. Aisha had one last request for Zareen, which was to share culturally diverse books from her or Simon & Schuster’s list. We’re sure you’ll recognize some favorites,… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part III

    Welcome to  the third part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here, and Part 4 here. *** Aisha: For others who wish to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you offer to readers who may… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part II

    Welcome to  the second part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. For Part 1, please click here. For part 3, please click here. For part 4, please click here. *** Aisha: When it comes to widespread commercial success, I’ve read that culturally diverse books face… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part I

    We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery to story and chai! Zareen was kind enough to respond to Aisha’s questions about diversity in publishing and to offer advice for aspiring editors and writers. We’ll  be posting parts of the interview all week, so stay tuned! ***  Zareen Jaffery: Thank you so much… Continue Reading

  • Slouching Towards Mecca

    by Deonna Kelli Sayed In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate My granny, Big Momma, accepted Jesus as her personal savior at some point in the 1950s. She pulled her car over to the side of a rural North Florida road and put her knees to the earth. “I just got… Continue Reading