The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest

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In The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, Fiza Pathan presents a collection of twenty-one incredibly moving short stories. The stories included in this collection highlight the devastating struggle of LGBTQ youth and adults all over the world. In contrast, Pathan also includes a handful of stories that emphasize compassion, perseverance, and love.


The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name is a thoroughly engrossing read that plunges the reader into the lives of many different LGBTQ characters. Pathan explores the ways in which, regardless of country or cultural background, LGBTQ youth struggle through their lives. Where this collection itself ultimately struggles is with the mechanics of the writing. The stories are all well-structured and the characters are clearly established, but the syntax is, in general, awkward. Though the mechanical issues do not interfere with the reader’s ability to enjoy the work, they could be mitigated by an editor who is a native English speaker.


The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name forces the reader to confront the horrible reality that many LGBTQ youth and adults live with every day. The choice to set the stories in countries from all over the world, even those generally considered accepting of the LGBTQ community, is a powerful one which forces the reader to confront the reality of what the LGBTQ community faces every day. These stories do not shy away from the horrific! Pathan strikes a good balance between the depressing and the uplifting, presenting the reader with a handful of stories that end on a positive note. Each story in this collection is cleverly constructed to force the reader to think about LGBTQ issues from a different perspective. The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name by Fiza Pathan is a powerful book that everyone should read, regardless of what community they identify with.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Classics: Why and how we can encourage children to read them – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Fiza Pathan

Fiza Pathan has written a marvelous book to encourage children to read literature that will greatly improve their language skills, writing capabilities, vocabulary and general intelligence. CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them, is filled with examples, from her own experiences as a teacher, of the beautiful impact reading classical literature has had on her students. But, it’s more than just that. Pathan really includes three books in one as she shares the first section, which is “Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them”, the second section, “Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them” and the final section, “My Take on the Classics: A Memoir”. Devouring all three of these sections gives young readers, parents and teachers exciting reasons to do just as Fiza Pathan encourages and read the classics.

CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them is not simply a book written to inspire young readers by telling them the benefits. Instead, Fiza Pathan includes a long list of classics she recommends. She breaks down what some of the specific classics help students learn and the areas in which it will help them grow. There are even quizzes and fun “worksheet-like” exercises included. The authors skills as an educator shine brightly throughout the book as she guides young readers and parents towards embracing the classics as a vital part of education. Fiza Pathan’s CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them is a must read for parents, homeschool parents, teachers and children of all ages!

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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