- Author Bio
A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor’s service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country’s climate of division and fear.
In 2013, Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community.
Virji wanted out. But in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected.
In Love Thy Neighbor, Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for change and understanding in America’s heartland.
INSPIRING, TIMELY NARRATIVE: Love Thy Neighbor advances the conversation begun by bestsellers Hillbilly Elegy and Strangers in Their Own Land, sharing stories of change and growing tolerance in Trump’s America. Virji has a winning, inspiring voice on the page and talks eloquently about living as a religious minority in America’s heartland in its current state.
EARLY MEDIA INTEREST: Virji has been profiled on the front page of the Washington Post and made appearances on CBS, ABC, and Al Jazeera America. Media outlets have already started to reach out with interest, and we think Ayaz will prove a fascinating interview around the time of the book’s release.
Marketing: Promotional material available for pre-pub events
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Academic and library marketing
Publicity: National publicity
National television appearances
National and regional radio campaign
National review and feature attention
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Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Ayaz-Virji-MD/508623179347044
“It is never fair for one person to have to bear the burden of explaining or representing his or her religion, but I am deeply grateful to you for taking on this mission in your community. It has and will open eyes, move hearts, and change minds.”—Hillary Clinton, in a letter to Dr. Virji