Soniah Kamal

Soniah Kamal is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and public speaker. Her recent novel Unmarriageable (Ballantine Books, 2019) is a Financial Times Readers’ Best Book of 2019 and a 2019 Georgia Center for the Book “Book All Georgians Should Read” and is shortlisted for the 2020 Townsend Prize for Fiction. Her novel An Isolated Incident (Allison and Busby UK, forthcoming July 2020) was a finalist for the KLF French Fiction Prize and the Townsend Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the GuardianBuzzfeedCatapultThe Normal School, and other publications. In 2017 she gave a TEDx  talk about second chances.


Soniah Kamal


Writing the Immigrant Southern in the New New South

Adapted from keynote address presented at the Red Clay Writers Conference, Kennesaw, Georgia, 9 November 2019   Southern literary giant Ernest Gaines was born in 1933 in pre–Civil Rights Louisiana. There was no high school for him to attend there and, at the time, in the segregated South, few public libraries were available to African […]

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