Sonia Saikaley

Author and Poet


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New Year, New Decade

Posted on 1 January, 2020 at 13:45 Comments comments (0)

New Year’s Eve 2018, I was in the ER with one of my sisters who had become very ill and it would take her several months to recover and, fortunately, she did. I remember the snow/freezing rain that came through that evening as 2018 was ending. I also left a position I had been at for five years and was trying to balance being a caregiver to my sister, elderly mother and beginning a new job and, of course, squeezing in some writing time. As this year comes to an end and although 2019 didn’t start off very well for my family and me, I learned to appreciate the precious things in life like family, friends and good work relationships. 2019 wasn’t always easy but it was a good year too because Inanna Publications brought my novel “The Allspice Bath” into the world. Warmest thanks to my extraordinary editor Luciana Ricciutelli, my amazing publicist Renée Knapp, the talented designer Val Fullard and the wonderful team at Inanna Publications for believing in my work and guiding this book into publication. I also want to thank Dr. Lamees Al Ethari, Terri Favro, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Anita Kushwaha, Debra Martens, Dimitri Nasrallah, and Ian Thomas Shaw for generously reading the manuscript and providing great endorsements. And to my dear readers, thank you for holding the book in your hands and for journeying into Adele’s world. Many thanks to those who have bought the book, spread the fame, liked or shared on social media. Finally, gratitude and love to my family and friends for always encouraging me. Here’s to a New Year and new decade! May it be filled with good health, happiness and books! 

Carving Images

Posted on 25 December, 2019 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to the wonderful rob mclennan for giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing process. Check it out if the spirit moves you:


A November Afternoon with Artisans

Posted on 23 November, 2019 at 14:40 Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to all those who attended the Art in the Neighbourhood Fall Show 2019. It was lovely meeting new readers and chatting with fellow artists. Special thanks to Barbara for all her hard work in organizing this amazing event.

Books, chocolates and gratitude

Posted on 27 October, 2019 at 10:35 Comments comments (0)

So grateful to the wonderful people who took the time to stop and chat with me at Chapters Rideau. It was lovely meeting new readers and handing out chocolates to the little ones. Special thanks to Alycia and her colleagues who made me feel very welcomed. I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sharing, liking and spreading the word about my novel “The Allspice Bath”. Your support means the world to me. And huge thanks to my publisher Inanna Publications for making this all happen! With gratitude and love. 

Reading from "The Allspice Bath" as part of the 2019 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Posted on 18 October, 2019 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

On October 16, 2019, I had the great opportunity of reading from my novel “The Allspice Bath” as part of the 2019 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign. With gratitude to the wonderful people who came out to my book reading. Your support meant a great deal to me. Special thanks to Allison for inviting me and for all her hard work in organizing the event. It was great meeting new readers and raising some money for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO). There was belly dancing, drum-playing, Lebanese cookies (from Le Roi Pasteries & Bakery at 1729 Bank St., Ottawa) and cheese bread and spinach pies (from Prince Ali Bakery at 1600 Walkley Rd., Ottawa). Shukran, merci, thank you everyone!

A beautiful autumn afternoon with a beautiful book club!

Posted on 18 October, 2019 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)

It was so wonderful to spend a beautiful autumn afternoon with avid readers discussing my novel "The Allspice Bath". Many thanks to the lovely host Pat for inviting me to her book club of generous and thoughtful women. I enjoyed the engaging conversation. Here’s to book clubs! With gratitude for the support and interest in my work.

The Miramichi Reader reviews "The Allspice Bath"

Posted on 18 October, 2019 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

So grateful to the wonderful James Fisher and The Miramichi Reader for this brilliant review of “The Allspice Bath”. Check it out:

A wonderful book signing at Perfect Books

Posted on 22 September, 2019 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

Huge thanks to everyone who made it out to Perfect Books on Elgin Street! It was lovely catching up with friends and meeting new fans :) Special thanks to Perfect Books for making me feel very welcomed. It was a beautiful afternoon spent with beautiful people.

Never Give Up

Posted on 15 September, 2019 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

I am so honoured and thrilled to be featured in the South Branch Scribbler. Many thanks to the wonderful Allan Hudson for this great opportunity! Check it out:

What a lovely evening!

Posted on 15 September, 2019 at 10:10 Comments comments (0)

I had the wonderful opportunity of recently joining this remarkable book club. Many thanks to the lovely members for having me over to discuss my novel "The Allspice Bath". I enjoyed the lively and insightful discussion. The treats were delicious too! :) Here’s to book clubs and the support they give writers!