• Naseem, a light-skinned West Asian person with curly brown hair, smiles at the camera, wearing a black sweater with criss-roses of blue and cream.
    A set of QIlwa covers as a book, ebook, and audio.

    Photo credit: Jeramie Lu. Reprint of photo is permitted for publicity purposes.

    See the cover reveal and read an excerpt of ​The Bruising of Qilwa on io9/Gizmodo!

    Upcoming Events

    Places to find Naseem talking about The Bruising of Qilwa, virtually and in-person

    • July 26 – August 9: #B2WTours (Instagram)
    • August 6: EARLY launch party at Sundance Books & Music (Reno, NV)
    • August 8, 4pm PST: IG Live with Shannon Chakraborty (Instagram)
    • August 9, 5pm PST: IG Live Bri's Bookish (Instagram)
    • August 13: Writers with Drinks with Vanessa Hua, Juba Kalamka, Shelley Wong, and Adele Bertei, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders (San Francisco, CA)
    • August 30: 57th Street Books with August Clarke (Chicago, IL)
    • September 1–5: ChiCon 8, including a table talk and signing (Chicago, IL)
    • September 2, 4:30pm CST: Dark Matter Coffee with Patrick O’Leary (Chicago, IL)
    • September 10: Northern Nevada Literary Crawl (Reno, NV)
    • September 11: Tuma's Books & Things Author Event (online; register here)
    • September 14: Fantastic Fiction at KGB with Nicholas Kaufmann, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel (New York, NY)
    • September 18: The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division with Chelsea Abdullah (New York, NY, and streaming online)
    • September 22: South Jersey Writer's Group (online)
    • October 20: SF in SF at BookShop West Portal with Charlie Jane Anders (San Francisco, CA)
    • October 22: Alibi Bookshop (San Francisco, CA) 

    Exact September Dates TBD:

    • Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund (online)
    • Bluestockings signing (New York, NY)
  • Buzz for The Bruising of Qilwa

    See where The Bruising of Qilwa has come up!

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    io9/Gizmodo Cover Reveal

    The Bruising of Qilwa's cover by Elizabeth Story was first revealed on io9/Gizmodo, along with an excerpt from the autopsy scene early in the novella. Content notes for mentions of a plague and graphic descriptions of a corpse (body/medical horror)

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    Book Riot SFF

    The Bruising of Qilwa was highlighted on Book Riot's "The Best New Queer SFF for Your TBR," along with authors like Kelly Barnhill, Nghi Vo, Alex Jennings, Sunyi Dean, Victor Manibo and others!


    Also shared on CNN Radio News and Book Riot International.

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    BuzzFeed Books

    The Bruising of Qilwa was included as part of "26 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels by Trans and Nonbinary Authors," alongside authors like Janelle Monáe, Neon Yang (who blurbed Qilwa!), R.B. Lemberg, Aiden Thomas, Charlie Jane Anders (who also blurbed Qilwa!), and more!



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    #ReadWithPride is hosted on TikTok by @AchilleanShelves each June, and I participated this year!

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    Daydreaming Book Lover

    The Bruising of Qilwa was listed alongside other amazing Asian 2022 debut authors, including Sue Lynn Tan, Judy I. Lin, Chelsea Abdullah, and others!

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    A.R. Frederiksen

    A.R. Frederiksen had some great things to say about The Bruising of Qilwa: "What truly shines here, as far as I am concerned, is the theme, the world, and the characters."

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    LGBTQ Reads

    As a queer book, The Bruising of Qilwa has been mentioned on several LGBTQ Reads lists, including those highlighting books with asexual, aromantic, nonbinary, and West Asian/Persian representation.

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    Interview with The Fantasy Hive

    I chatted with the awesome folks at The Fantasy Hive about ​The Bruising of Qilwa, my inspirations, my writing process, and why the Simorgh is the best.

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    Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

    For "Proud in the Diaspora," the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State featured me and The Bruising of Qilwa on Instagram!

  • Appearances

    Whether online, on a conference panel, or on a podcast, here are some of the places I've been or been mentioned!