Lang Leav to star at next Sharjah Book Authority virtual book club

The free-to-attend talk to be held on July 23 will be moderated by Dr. Afra Atiq, Emirati scholar and poet


Sharjah, July 14, 2020


Contemporary novelist and poet, Lang Leav, who first shared her short, conversational poems on Tumblr in 2012 to tap into the pulse of her generation, will be the star at Sharjah Book Authority’s (SBA) second online Book Club discussions.

To be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020, the free-to-attend session, will begin at 7pm and can be accessed via the following Zoom link: It will also be livestreamed on SBA’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

In a live and interactive format, New Zealand-based Lang Leav, who has a combined following of more than two million followers on her social media accounts, will discuss her style of ‘Pop Poetry’ with moderator Dr. Afra Atiq, Emirati scholar and poet.

Author of six books of verses and four novels, and winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Leav’s first book, Love & Misadventure (2013) was a breakout success thanks to her unique talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity. Her subsequent poetry books too have all been international bestsellers. In 2016, Lang turned her attention to fiction with Sad Girls that shot to #1 on the Straits Times and other bestseller charts internationally.

Granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship and recipient of the Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award, Leav rose to fame for her unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers which has won her a global fan base.

During the virtual book discussion, moderator Dr. Afra Atiq will also direct questions from followers of SBA’s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as the Zoom audience.

Leav, who made an appearance at the 2017 edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, The Straits Times, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

SBA’s free-to-attend Book Club sessions featuring renowned authors seeks to connect book lovers with regional and international guest authors to take forward its mission in promoting literature. In its debut session on July 2, SBA’s virtual Book Club hosted NYT bestselling author and acclaimed espionage fiction writer, Joseph Finder.