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Writing the West Coast: Danny Ramadan talks about food memories and home in “Salma the Syrian Chef”

Danny Ramadan (finalist for the 2021 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize) discusses how food memories shape ideas of home in his writing and identity, and diversity in children’s literature.

He is a Syrian-Canadian author, award-winning activist, and public speaker. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His work in activism provided a safe passage to dozens of Syrian LGBTQ-refugees to Canada. “Salma the Syrian Chef” is his first book for children.


This project was made possible by the Government of British Columbia and Yukon Book Prizes.