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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Mar 07, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12 $25.00 CAD
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Essays
By (author): Scaachi Koul
9780385685351 Hardcover English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays Mar 07, 2017
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.8 x 8.5 x 0.94 in 256 pages Doubleday Canada
A debut collection of essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, “a land of ice and casual racism,” addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by the irreverent, hilarious and incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul.

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi shares her observations, fears and experiences as a woman of colour growing up in Canada. These are stories ranging from shaving her knuckles in grade school, to a shopping trip gone horribly awry, to internet garbage, to parsing the trajectory of fears and anxieties that pressed upon her immigrated parents and bled down a generation. Stories of returning to India where her parents grew up, and ultimately about trying to find her place in the world.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, Scaachi explores the absurdity of a life and culture steeped in misery. And through these intimate, wise and laugh-out-loud funny dispatches, a portrait of a bright new literary voice emerges.

NEW CANADIAN VOICE: As Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling and Roxane Gay do south of the border, Scaachi writes about Canadian culture and identity with authority, humour and flair. Only twenty-five years old, she speaks to the experiences and concerns of young Canadians with unparalleled honesty, precision and verve.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE: In Scaachi’s words: “Canada isn’t known for its wealth of non-fiction essayists (unless those essays in question have something to do with a loon or a man living in the woods or Conrad Black), and even fewer humourists (again: unless you include Conrad Black). I’m also a female visible minority, so on the cover of the book we can have printed, ’If you love affirmative action, you’re going to love this!’”

GROWING PLATFORM: In addition to her buzzworthy writing for Buzzfeed, The New Yorker and more, Scaachi garners attention as the social experiment correspondent on CBC Radio’s Q, as well as for her uproarious, brazen and topical tweets.

SCAACHI KOUL is a senior writer at Buzzfeed and malcontent based in Toronto. Born and raised in Calgary, she attended the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. Before joining Buzzfeed in 2015, she worked for The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean’s, Hazlitt and freelanced for various publications including Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Maisonneuve and Canadian Business. She has also contributed to The New Yorker’s “Shouts & Murmurs” column.

Author Hometown: Calgary, AB

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Author Website: scaachi.com

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Praise for Scaachi Koul:

“As occasionally happens with writers, Scaachi first caught my eye on Twitter where she was consistently witty and delightful enough that I began to seek out, and then eagerly anticipate, her long form work. Scaachi’s writing is flat-out funny, well-observed, never maudlin and yet sometimes sincerely, hilariously, moving. A fresh yet (and this is uncommon in one so young) refined voice. She knows what she’s doing. I’d read anything she writes, buy stock in her if I could.”—Tabatha Southey, columnist at The Globe and Mail and Elle

“Scaachi Koul has a way with words. She yells at them and punches them in the arm and calls them a baby until they do what she wants. A sculptor whose clay is anger, she hollers ’Don’t be a baby, you dumb words,’ until honest, insightful, occasionally funny sentences are formed. It couldn’t be that she is just good at writing. That can’t be it.”—Corey Mintz, author of How To Host A Dinner Party

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