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Author/Editor: Taymour Soomro on Other Names for Love with Mitzi Angel

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT July 19, 2022

The Center for Fiction*
& Online via Zoom

In-person* tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

Other Names for Love, Taymour Soomro’s debut novel, is a poignant and urgent story of the tensions between family, desire, and place. Set in Pakistan, the novel follows sixteen-year-old Fahad, who has been brought to his family’s rural estate to “toughen up.” When, instead, Fahad falls for Ali, he is similarly seduced by the allure of the land and its complexities. Decades later, when he is summoned home by his mother, Fahad is forced to confront his past, and the unanswered questions he had left behind.

The Center for Fiction is pleased to welcome Soomro in conversation with his editor, Mitzi Angel, for a discussion of Other Names for Love and the importance of telling diverse queer stories.


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In Conversation

  • credit to Jorge Monedero - Claire Fennell

    Taymour Soomro

    Taymour Soomro

    Taymour Soomro is a British Pakistani writer. He studied law at Cambridge University and Stanford Law School. He has worked as a corporate solicitor in London and Milan, a lecturer at a university in Karachi, an agricultural estate manager in rural Sindh and a publicist for a luxury fashion brand in London. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and the Southern Review. He has published a textbook on law with Oxford University Press, has written extensively for the Pakistani news media, and is the co-editor, with Deepa Anappara, of a creative writing handbook on fiction, race and culture.

    Photo Credit: Jorge Monedero

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    Mitzi Angel

    Mitzi Angel

    Mitzi Angel is president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Previously, she was publisher of Faber and Faber in London. The authors she has worked with include Sheila Heti, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rachel Cusk, Amia Srinivasan, Garth Greenwell, Ben Lerner, Sally Rooney, Yiyun Li, and Siddhartha Mukherjee.