Creative Lives: The Interview Series
Remapping Canada: An Interview with Mariam Pirbhai
Interviewer: Maryam Mirza, University of Bonn
In this interview Mariam Pirbhai reflects on the transformative power of fiction, the trope of social invisibility, and the emergence of South Asian Canadian literature.
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All Lit Up
Short Story Month: Interview with Mariam
Our final short story month feature for 2018 is a doozy: Mariam Pirbhai’s debut collection Outside People and Other Stories (Inanna Publications) has already won awards for her evocative writing. We talk with Mariam about how you can have influences for style and others for substance, how she hasn’t left a story behind…yet, and read some of “Air Raids” from her collection.
Tell-Tale: Share Your Story
Mariam Pirbhai Featured on ‘Tell-Tale-Share Your Story
An Interview with Award-Winning Author: Mariam Pirbhai on Her Life, Thoughts, and Journey in Canada
Mariam Pirbhai on Bringing Invisible Characters into the Spotlight
Unflinching and clear-eyed, Pirbhai makes protagonists out of those who have often be relegated to background roles, to stunning effect. It’s an exciting debut from the Waterloo-based academic and we’re excited to welcome Mariam to Open Book today as part of our Lucky Seven series.
Mariam Pirbhai Reflects on her Literary Journey in ‘Living multiculturalism’.
The Miramichi Reader
The Mariam Pirbhai Interview
Mariam Pirbhai is the author of the short story collection Outside People and Other Stories (2017, Inanna Publications). In my review, I stated that “Outside People is an exceptional group of short narratives that are appealing, insightful and a treat to read.” Since this was Ms Pirbhai’s first published work of creative fiction, I wanted to interview her to get her thoughts on publishing as well as getting more insight into the creative processes she used to create the characters and stories of Outside People.
Generally About Books
Canada offers stories of different diasporas: Mariam Pirbhai
Mariam explains, the stories in her collection explore “what it means to have to experience forms of migrancy (even as someone impacted by another’s immigration) at different levels of precarity or isolation.”
Laurier associate professor’s début collection of short stories focuses on “Outside People”
Wilfrid Laurier University Associate Professor Mariam Pirbhai writes a different kind of Canadian literature. In it, you won’t meet red-haired orphan girls, imperialists or lumberjacks. You’ll meet migrant farm labourers, domestic workers and a multiethnic cast of first- and second-generation Canadians working in Canada’s cities and towns.