Sehba Sarwar

A writer and artist born and raised in Karachi, now living in Los Angeles, Sehba Sarwar has long had work published in other countries - Pakistan, India, and Belgium, to name a few. She makes this welcome first visit here to read from a novel newly published in the U.S., Black Wings (Veliz Books).

Black Wings peels back layers of home and belonging, exploring what it means to be family from different worlds bound by shared secrets. Sehba Sarwar reveals the importance of stories, masterfully weaving the past with the present and the USA with Pakistan, in a narrative filled with love which offers us a glimpse into our shared humanity.” — Sorayya Khan.

“Deeply intimate and resonating, Sehba Sarwar's Black Wings skillfully blends reality and dreams, personal stories and folklore, opening us to a world where a mother and daughter are haunted by secrets that have defined their relations and shaped them. Set in the post-911 era, it's a complex homecoming novel that takes us across time and continents to meditate on family, love, loss, identity, and what it means to forgive despite the pain.” — Fan Wu.

In addition to her own writing and artmaking, Sehba Sarwar is founder/director of Voices Breaking Boundaries (  Co-presented with TASVEER (

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ISBN: 9781949776003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Veliz Books - February 1st, 2019

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 6:00pm
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