Award-winning novelist Farzana Doctor launches her new book All Inclusive with a conversation with NOW’s Susan G. Cole and an indoor beach party, featuring a musical performance from Vivek Shraya, signature cocktails and more.
What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise—if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers’ scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.
Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her.
A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death, and reminds us that love is neither easily lost nor found.
Farzana Doctor is the author of Stealing Nasreen and Six Metres of Pavement, which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana is one of CBC Books’ Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now and the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Grant. She co-curates the Brockton Writers Series and lives in Toronto.
Susan G. Cole is an activist, author, film writer and entertainment editor at NOW Magazine. She has written two books on women, sexuality and representation, is the author of the play A Fertile Imagination and the editor of Outspoken, a collection of monologues and scenes from Canadian lesbian plays.
Vivek Shraya is an artist working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. He is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.