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.

rabble.ca

A book for all ages, this will be especially welcomed by contemporary genderqueer youth and twentysomethings, who will see themselves in these vividly realized pages.

Booklist (starred review)

A rich and powerful exploration of gender, sexuality, religion, race, and the desire to fit in.

Quill and Quire (starred review)

Shraya’s stripped-down prose has documentary force, and Neufeld’s illustrations, with their intersecting planes of translucent color and their linoleum block-style images, add humor and bite. It’s an important addition to the library of coming-out literature.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara)

Running the emotional spectrum from shame to pleasure and acceptance, Shraya offers a refreshing window into the intimate struggles of youth.

Kirkus Reviews

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

Brian Francis, (Fruit)

More press

Out Magazine, Unshelved, About.com, BookDragon, brokenpencil, Plenitude Magazine, 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 (2), The Coast, FAB Magazine, Mumbai Mirror


Winner

Applied Arts Award for Illustration

Finalist

2011 Lambda Literary Awards

Featured

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 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)
    Re-released 8 April 2014 by Arsenal Pulp Press

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Images

Bhajans for Mom

[An illustration of a young brown-skinned boy with eyes closed and hands clasped in front of his face in prayer, and the text “I’m only a few days till Sunday.”]

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.