An Evening with Author Aamna Qureshi

We are thrilled to welcome Aamna Qureshi for a special "after hours" conversation with Cover to Cover's Maryan Liban. We'll be celebrating Aamna's young adult (ages 13+) novel, When a Brown Girl Flees.

In this searing contemporary YA novel from new voice Aamna Qureshi, a Muslim teen runs away from home only to find herself on a breathtaking journey of healing, self-love, and hope.

After Zahra Paracha makes a decision at odds with her beliefs, her mother forces Zahra to make an impossible choice about her future. So Zahra runs away. A train and a plane ride later, she finds herself in New York, where she relinquishes her past in favor of a new future. There, she must learn who she is without the marionette strings of control in her mother's hands. There, she must learn who she wishes to become.

On Long Island, Zahra stays at a bed & breakfast, unsure of her place in the world. Anxious, depressed, and grappling with guilt, she wanders aimlessly. She eventually visits the local masjid, where she is befriended by two sisters and drawn into the welcoming Muslim community there.

It is in this place of safety that Zahra's healing truly begins--but can she create a home for herself when the foundation is built on lies she's spun to protect her from the past? When a family friend recognizes her, will everything come crashing down? As Zahra tries to build a life for herself in this new place, the heart of the matter becomes clear: she can't run away forever. Can she close the rift in her family and truly, fully heal?

Aamna Qureshi is a Muslim Pakistani American who adores words. She is the award-winning author of the YA fantasy novel The Lady or the Lion. She grew up on Long Island, New York, in a very loud household, surrounded by English (for school), Urdu (for conversation), and Punjabi (for emotion). Much of her childhood was spent being grounded for reading past her bedtime and writing stories in the backs of her notebooks. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to new places where she can explore different cultures, or to Pakistan where she can revitalize her roots. She also loves baking complicated desserts, drinking fancy teas and coffees, watching sappy rom-coms, and going for walks about the estate (her backyard). She currently lives in New York. Look for her at

Maryan Liban is an aspiring children’s librarian that avdvocates for greater representation in literature. At Cover to Cover, Maryan is Lead Bookseller of Education and Community Relations. She has served at the national level with the American Booksellers Association, and she is the founder of Maryan's List.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2116 Arlington Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
When a Brown Girl Flees By Aamna Qureshi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643795058
Availability: Coming From our Warehouse. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tu Books - September 19th, 2023