God Loves Hair
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.
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Also available at
- Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto)
- The Book Keeper (Sarnia)
- Venus Envy (Ottawa)
- Co-op Bookstore (Montreal)
- Little Sister’s (Vancouver)
- Ardea Books & Art (Vancouver)
- Bank Street Books (NYC)
Released 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)
Re-released 8 April 2014 by Arsenal Pulp Press
2015 South Asia Book Award for Children’s
& Young Adult Literature (Honour Book)
2010 Applied Arts Illustration Award
(Complete Book Illustration)
23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards
(LGBT Children’s/Young Adult)
The Short Story Advent Calendar
Reading Recommendations for LGBT History Month
(The Radical Notion)
100 YA Books that Make You Proud to Be Canadian
Outstanding International Books, 2015
(U.S. Board on Books for Young People)
Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015
Top 10 Religion/Spirituality Books for Youth, 2014
Kidlit Pick, 2014 Books of the Year
(Quill & Quire) Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2014 (Canadian Children’s Book Centre)
2011 Rainbow Project Book List
2011 Over the Rainbow Book List
God Loves Hair is a DIY masterpiece.
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.
A rich and powerful exploration of gender, sexuality, religion, race, and the desire to fit in.
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.
Shraya’s endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking.
Running the emotional spectrum from shame to pleasure and acceptance, Shraya offers a refreshing window into the intimate struggles of youth.
A touching, poetic exploration of budding sexuality, the mysticism of religion, and family dynamics.
- Canadian Literature
- Beyond Hanky Code
- Asian American Literature Fans
- ALA GLBT Round Table
- South Charlotte Weekly
- The Gazette
- Cite Something!
- Plenitude Magazine
- Open Book Toronto
- Bookish Ardour
- Lemon Hound
- Daily Xtra
- CM Magazine
- Toronto Public Library
- Lindy Reads
- Crazy Quilts
- Revel & Riot
- Gaysi Family
- Out in Print
- What is Queer and Asian
- The New Gay
- Gaysi Family
- The Coast
- FAB Magazine
- Mumbai Mirror