Sonia Saikaley

Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. She has two poetry collections Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter and A Samurai’s Pink House. Her novel The Allspice Bath was the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal winner and the 2020 International Book Awards winner for Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards.

She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street, which was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers.

In the past, she worked as an English teacher in Japan. Her first children’s picture book Samantha’s Sandwich Stand was published by Renaissance Press in September 2021.

Book Reviews by Sonia Saikaley

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The Walled Garden is not physically a big book yet it is an intelligent one that is filled with intriguing ideas.”

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“Onuzo has created a character that readers will want to cheer for. She has also crafted a believable and powerful story filled with hope and forgiveness.”

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Trauma can have long-term and devastating effects on one’s mind, body, and spirit. In Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s novel Savage Tongues, the author explores the aftermath of trauma.

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Have you ever not wanted a book to end? Were disappointed that the characters are gone from your life?