Tariq Malik is a poet and novelist who has published two books. His novel, ‘Chanting Denied Shores’ (Bayeux Arts, Calgary 2010), is historical fiction set on the North American West Coast during the pre-war period of 1907–1914, the novel highlights the events surrounding the voyage of the Komagata Maru to Canada – a watershed incident largely forgotten outside the South Asian community. ‘Rainsongs of Kotli’ (TSAR Books, Toronto 2004) is set in the Himalayan valleys over a single cycle of interwoven seasons in Pakistani Punjab; and, given the success of this book, a sequel is planned. The inspiration for most of Tariq’s writing comes from his early years spent in the western Punjab, and later, from the rainforests surrounding Vancouver where he now spends his free time ‘hiking and ‘moving to the sound of water’, and observing the etchings of time and seasons on the natural environment‘. Tariq lives in Vancouver with his wife, and can be found ‘hunched over his easel, camera or laptop when not hiking or at work‘. He is now writing a new novel, and another book of poems gathered under the working title of ‘Nights of Kleptomania’.
Contact Tariq Malik
At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Tariq will present selections from his upcoming novel ‘Blood Towers’ set in Arabistan, an imagined Arab kingdom in which, it is rumored, the world’s tallest tower is being built. More information about the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.