FARIHA ROISIN discusses her new book of poetry HOW TO CURE A GHOST, with FATIMAH ASGHAR

How to Cure a Ghost (Abrams Image)

A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness

Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Róisín and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we're expecting a large crowd at this event, we'll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of How to Cure A Ghost here at Skylight Books. Tickets are available beginning Tues, Sept 24. 
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Skylight's Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

"When I first encountered Fariha’s writing, I let out a sigh of relief. Was it refreshing? Yes. But there was something more. Her words allow us to feel visible. Fariha’s writing has the power to heal and transform. She pulls you into her stories until you’re at the edge of your seat, emphatically rooting for her subjects."— Rupi Kuar

Fariha Róisín is an Australian-Canadian writer based in Brooklyn. Her writing often explores Muslim identity, race, pop culture, and film. It also examines the intersection of queerness and being a femme of color while navigating a white world.

Fatimah Asghar is the creator of the Emmy-nominated Web series Brown Girls. She is the author of If They Come For Us (One World/ Random House August 2018) and a recipient of a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2017 she was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Fatimah Asghar photo by Allie Madden

Event date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
How to Cure a Ghost Cover Image
By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419737565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - September 24th, 2019

If They Come for Us: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509783
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: One World - August 7th, 2018