85 Queen: An Evening with Najwa Zebian

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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in conversation with Jasmin Kaur

“A master class in self-actualization and compassion.”
         —Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author of Am I There Yet?

In her debut book of inspiration, poet Najwa Zebian shares her revolutionary concept of home—the place of safety where you can embrace your vulnerability and discover your self-worth. It’s the place where your soul feels like it belongs, where you are loved for who you are. Too many of us build our homes in other people in the hope that they will deem us worthy of being welcomed inside, and then we feel abandoned and empty when those people leave. Building your home inside yourself—and never experiencing inner homelessness again—begins here.

In Welcome Home, Zebian shares her personal story for the first time, powerfully weaving memoir, poetry, and deeply resonant teachings into her storytelling, from leaving Lebanon at sixteen, to coming of age as a young Muslim woman in Canada, to building a new identity for herself as she learned to speak her truth. After the profound alienations she experienced, she learned to build a stable foundation inside herself, an identity independent of cultural expectations and the influence of others. The powerful metaphor of home provides a structure for personal transformation as she shows you how to construct the following rooms: Self-Love, Forgiveness, Compassion, Clarity, Surrender, and The Dream Garden. With practical tools and prompts for self-understanding, she shows you how to build each room in your house, which form a firm basis for your self-worth, sense of belonging, and happiness.


BIO

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator. Her bestselling books of poetry include Mind Platter, The Nectar of Pain, and Sparks of Phoenix. After self-publishing her first collection of poetry and prose, she went on to become a teacher and doctoral candidate in educational leadership, and she recently launched the digital school Soul Academy and the podcast Stories of the Soul. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesGlamourElle Canada, and HuffPost, among others. You can find Najwa on Instagram at @najwazebian


Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity.  Her debut poetry and prose collection, When You Ask Me Where I’m Going (2019), is available with HarperTeen in North America and with Penguin Random House in the Indian Subcontinent. Her sophomore novel, If I Tell You The Truth, is available now with HarperTeen. You can find Jasmin on Instagram at @jusmun.



Event Type(s): 85 Queen
Age Group(s): Adults