Echoes from the Other Land now available in e-book and on Kindle! Order here

Echoes from the Other Land is nominated for the world's largest short story award: Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize. Details

Echoes from the Other Land is one of the top ten winners of the CBC Reader's Choice Contest for the Giller Prize. Details

 

avaPraise for
Ava Homa
author of Echoes from the Other Land

"a prismatic portrait of Iran that resists both internal tyrannies and Western demonization."

Ava Homa is Canada’s exquisite answer to Raymond Carver. Homa announces new beginnings—less irony, more hope—and from a breathtakingly multicultural and international perspective. Readers will experience awe and beauty at the force of Homa’s art to convey female Iranian protagonists wholeheartedly grasping their lives. A taut and subtle plain-spokenness enlivens her writing, belying rich dramatic tensions that build just beneath the surface—which will surprise readers and then captivate them.
Louis Cabri, author of The Mood Embosser

Echoes from the Other Land is carefully crafted in a realist style but, when compared to homogenized portrayals of Iran in the western media, the reader’s experience more closely resembles the surreal. For a western reader the conflict of the real and the surreal resonates – it echoes – and does not fade away.
Gavin Wolch, Rudaw

What makes these stories work is the simplicity and directness of their telling. Homa suggests much and states little outright. Maybe this approach is, in fact, the true “echo from the other land” — Iran — in which much is unspoken and cannot be said, in which there’s no doubt a vocabulary of signs and signals and coded words with layers of meanings and suggestiveness. This elusive approach to storytelling is subtle and powerful, haunting the reader with the silence between the words.
Carole Giangrande, author of A Gardener on the Moon

Ranging across regions, ethnicities, genders, sexualities and political dispositions, Homa’s characters give us a prismatic portrait of Iran that resists both internal tyrannies and Western demonization. Her style is elegantly spare, gem-solid. This is a voice we all need to hear.
Susan Holbrook, author of Joy Is So Exhausting

"It is perhaps the aspiration of serious fiction to embody a sensibility and a place in so natural a way, with so little artifice, and it is certainly the hallmark of an artist [Ava Homa] to do this. There are few voices we hear coming from this for fortressed country, and this one, with its many echoes and many silences, is real."

--Dawn Promislow author of Jewels and Other Stories 

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Novel Rights published Ava Homa's Lullaby, Read here

Negative Press of London, England published Ava Homa's story "A Rose for Raha," in Still Q&A

Ava Homa teaches a FREE Teen Creative Writing Workshop at Toronto Public Library (Fall 2013)

Echoes from the Other Land now available in Kurdish published by Sardem, Kurdistan, Iraq

Ava Homa is the 2013 writer-in-residence at Joy Kogawa Historic House

Recent News

Ava Homa at New York State University: Read here 

Medya Magazine (Australia) interviews Ava Homa

Radio Co-op (The F Word) interviews Ava Homa

 Ava Homa interviewed at Meaford Film Festival

 Reviews:

"Deftly crafted stories," Wasafiri Reviewed Echoes from the Other Land

In Mostly Books:  here

- In The Toronto Quarterly here


- In the Black Coffee Poet here

-in the Carol Giangrade BookTalk here

- A video of Ava Homa reading here

Summer 2012

June 20, 2012 Ava Homa will read from Echoes from the Other Land in R.D.Lawrence Place, Minden Hill, Ontario 

June 23, 2012 Ava Homa will read from Echoes from the Other Land at the Niagara Literary Arts Festival at 7:00 pm at  Niagara on the Lake Public Library: 10 Anderson Lane more info:here 

August 6, 2012 Ava Homa will be featured in the Highland Festival of Sustainable Words in Minden Hills

August 7, 2012 Ava Homa will teach a workshop on Crafting a Piece of Short Story in R.D.Lawrence Place 10am-12 pm

August 9, 2012 Ava Homa will be featured in the Virus Reading Series of Niagara Falls here 

Winter 2012

- Ava Homa will be reading as part of Canadian Creative Writing Conference: here

- Ava Homa reads for World Literacy, KAMA reading: here

- NOW Magazine announces Ava Homa's reading as a can't-miss event of the week: here

- Ava Homa won a grant offered by Ontario Art Council

- Ava Homa was featured in Shahrvand Magazine

- Ava Homa taught a session on "Crafting a Piece of Fiction" in Oriol Community Center

 Fall 2011
- Ava Homa participated in the World Kurdish Congress
- Ava featured in Shahrvand: here
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Ava recorded by BlackCoffeePoet.com
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Echoes from the Other Land reviewed here. 
- An interview with Ava Homa by Black Coffee Poet

June 2011
- Ava Homa is featured in Open Book Toronto to talk about writing short stories. read here
- Echoes from the Other Land was reviewed by Farzana Doctor, author of Six Meters of Pavement. read here
- Ava Homa featured on North York Central Library blog. read here
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Echoes from the Other Land is nominated for the world's largest short story award, the Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize. Details here
- Echoes from the Other Land featured in a full page review in a Kurdish national newspaper, Bas. read
- Award winning novelist, Trevor Cole records Ava Homa for AuthorsAloud. Listen

- Ava Homa on ITC TV Farsi. Watch

May 2011
- Rudaw reviews Echoes From the Other Land. read here
- Ava Homa interviewed in Daytime, Rogers TV. watch here
- Ava Homa on Voice of America (Farsi). Watch here
- Echoes from the Other Land is reviewed in News4u. read here

April 2011
- Ava featured in Wrecking Ball event. read here
- Ava interviewed by Entertainment Windsor. watch here

March 2011
- Ava featured in the Toronto Star. read here
- CBC Windsor interviews Ava Homa. listen here
- OurWindsor writers about Ava's haunting stories. read and see photos here 
- University of Windsor writes about Ava. read here

February 2011
- Voice of America (Persian) interviews Ava Homa. watch here

Jan 2, 2011
- Ava featured in Voices (Kurdish) read here

Dec 16, 2010
- Carole Giangrande reviews Echoes read here

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