“Brilliant.” (The Walrus)“Impressive and expansive . . . essential reading, not only for brown people seeking connection or explanation, but for anyone with any stake in understanding the non-white world.” (The Globe and Mail)“Kamal Al-Solaylee has written one of the most important books to come out of Toronto this year.
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“Brilliant.” (The Walrus)“Impressive and expansive . . . essential reading, not only for brown people seeking connection or explanation, but for anyone with any stake in understanding the non-white world.” (The Globe and Mail)“Kamal Al-Solaylee has written one of the most important books to come out of Toronto this year. . . A fascinating read.” (Toronto Star)“Needless to say, this book becomes increasingly important.” (National Post)“A masterful fusion of Al-Solaylee’s own observations, anecdotes from his interview subjects and analysis . . . Brown reads almost like an identity-politics thriller, as vivid as it is informative . . . one of those important books that will stay with you.” (Salon.com)“Brown explores wide-ranging issues of race with humanity and grace. . . . Al-Solaylee is a splendid writer, achieving in Brown that rare feat: a work that is clear and complex, elegant and heartfelt.” (Kerri Lee Powell, author of the Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush, Finalist for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize)“Brown is a work of such intelligence, depth, uniqueness and compassion. . . . A rare accomplishment–a glimpse into another world from within that world. Masterful, original, insightful and ultimately essential reading.” (Deepa Mehta, award-winning director of Water and Midnight’s Children)“In this extraordinary book, Kamal Al-Solaylee gives a name, an identity and a story to the disparate billions whose labours, migrations and struggles define our time. A stirring narrative, an empowering manifesto and an unprecedented bid for recognition. This book will change the way you see the world.” (Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail, and author of Arrival City and The Myth of the Muslim Tide)“Brown is audacious and original, heartfelt and intrepid. By going behind the scaffolding, Kamal Al-Solaylee raises important questions about the hidden foundations of our unfolding century.” (Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times)“Kamal Al-Solaylee perfectly captures the beauty and heartbreak of being brown. This ambitious and powerful book is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of race relations in our globalized world. You’ll never see a brown person in the same way again.” (Zarqa Nawaz, author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque and creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie)
About the Author
Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, eye weekly, the Literary Review of Canada and Elle Canada. Al Solaylee’s bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and Canada Reads and won the Toronto Book Award. Brown is a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Literary Non-fiction. Al-Solaylee holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University. Al-Solaylee lives in Toronto.