Sonia Saikaley

Author and Poet


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Celebrating my heritage

Posted on 5 August, 2019 at 10:10 Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Ottawa Lebanese Festival to support me! It was wonderful meeting new readers and catching up with family. And, of course, enjoying the food and music of my Lebanese heritage. Special thanks to the Ottawa Lebanese Festival for having me. Shukran!

The little drummer at my book signing

Posted on 7 July, 2019 at 10:00 Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to Chapters Indigo at South Keys today! I had a wonderful time catching up with family and friends and meeting new readers. Special thanks to Allana, Serge and the rest of the wonderful people at Indigo. And thanks to my youngest fan for playing the drums for us! With gratitude and love.

Belly dancing at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

Posted on 27 June, 2019 at 6:15 Comments comments (0)

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair! It was great catching up with fellow writers, chatting with new people, selling books and belly dancing! ;) Special thanks to my talented and kind friend Anita Kushwaha for sharing a table with me. Gratitude also to rob mclennan for organizing the event and for always supporting other artists/writers. So grateful for the support.

Huge thanks!

Posted on 18 June, 2019 at 5:55 Comments comments (0)

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to celebrate my new novel "The Allspice Bath"! What a lovely evening! I am so grateful for your support. Many thanks to my fellow writers and friends Anita Kushwaha and Ian Thomas Shaw for sharing their amazing books with the audience and for celebrating with me. Gratitude to Octopus Books for providing such a charming venue and to Inanna Publications for getting my book out into the world. With love and thanks.

Question-and-Answer about "The Allspice Bath"

Posted on 9 June, 2019 at 9:50 Comments comments (0)

So grateful for the opportunity to chat with Paul Gessell. Check out the question-and-answer featured in the wonderful Artsfile:

A lovely shout-out for "The Allspice Bath"

Posted on 9 June, 2019 at 9:35 Comments comments (2)

Many thanks to Ottawa Life Magazine for this lovely shout-out for "The Allspice Bath":

The Allspice Bath has entered the world!

Posted on 2 June, 2019 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

On May 16, 2019 my sisters and I boarded a train to Toronto. It was a lovely ride with fascinating and friendly passengers, including the Governor General of Canada. I love the train and the beautiful scenery of lakes, picturesque towns and glorious trees. We arrived in Toronto in the afternoon and wandered the downtown core before heading to the Columbus Centre where the launch was taking place. What a gorgeous venue with replicas of famous Italian statues and art work. My publisher Inanna Publications and Guernica Editions organized a lovely festivity celebrating six Canadian women writers. Bravo to my fellow writers Harriet Bernstein, Arianna Dagnino, Valentina Gal, Vivian Meyer and Giovanna Riccio. I was so honoured to share the stage with these amazing women. And now my first full-length novel “The Allspice Bath” is out in the world and I am so grateful to Inanna Publications, my family, friends and readers for supporting me on this incredible journey. With love and gratitude. 

A lovely shout-out for "The Allspice Bath"

Posted on 14 May, 2019 at 14:05 Comments comments (0)

I am so honoured to have my novel "The Allspice Bath" in such great company! Gratitude to 49th Shelf and Inanna Publications. Check out the list of 11 books that write the world:

Blue Leather Shoes and other poems

Posted on 11 February, 2019 at 5:45 Comments comments (0)

Grateful to have my poems included in the latest issue of ottawater. Bravo to everyone included in the issue and bravo and many thanks to the wonderful Rob McLennan.

Growing up

Posted on 25 December, 2018 at 9:30 Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to Bywords for including my poem "Growing Up" in the latest issue. If you are an Ottawa writer, check out their submission guidelines. Very grateful for this wonderful opportunity and honoured to be in such great company.