Vivek Shraya

God Loves Hair

[An illustration of a pair of scissors with brightly-coloured handles descending into a flurry of black locks, with the text "GOD LOVES HAIR: Stories by Vivek Shraya. Artwork by Juliana Neufeld."]

God Loves Hair is Vivek Shraya‘s first book, a collection of 21 short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child as he navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion, and belonging.

Told with the poignant insight and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey, the stories are accompanied by the award-winning illustrations of Toronto artist Juliana Neufeld.

God Loves Hair was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards.

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God Loves Hair is a DIY masterpiece.

Beautifully illustrated & tenderly narrated, God Loves Hair en­chants the reader from the very first page.

Gaysi Family

A touching, poetic exploration of budding sexuality, the mys­ti­cism of religion, and family dynamics.

Brian Francis, author of Fruit

Shraya’s endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking.

Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara)

A welcome peek into the complexities, richness, hardship, and even ‘juicy’ moments that make up a life lived not part of the majority.

Ted Kerr, Xtra and Vue Weekly columnist

More press

Open Book Toronto, Bookish Ardour, Lemon Hound, Daily Xtra, CM Magazine, Toronto Public Library, NOW, Lindy Reads, Crazy Quilts, Revel & Riot, Trikone, Out in Print, What is Queer and Asian, The New Gay, Gaysi Family, The Coast, FAB Magazine, Mumbai Mirror


Applied Arts Award for Illustration


2011 Lambda Literary Awards


The American Library Association’s 2011 Rainbow Project and Over the Rainbow book lists

Interviews with Vivek

CBC DNTO Podcast (MP3), South Asian Generation Next, Lambda Literary, KQED, Mid Day, Masala Canada, Xtra!, Eye Weekly, Gaysi Family

Read the epilogue

“Slow Bridges”

  • Released 8 April 2014 (Arsenal Pulp Press edition)
    Released 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)

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Bhajans for Mom

Bhajans for Mom is a collection of eight Hindu devotional songs performed and produced by Vivek. Listen to them now, or download them all for free.