Centennial College journalism students interview Uzma Jalaluddin, a columnist for the Toronto Star and author of Ayesha at Last, a novel that has been optioned for a movie.
A retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, Ayesha At Last is set in modern Toronto’s thriving Muslim community. Ayesha Shamsi is working as a substitute teacher as she pursues her real dream — spoken-word poetry — in the evenings. When she catches the eye of the rich boy across the street, sparks fly. They do not get along. At all. He thinks she’s too opinionated and independent. She thinks he’s too judgmental and rigid. This is a look at real, contemporary Muslim life from a Muslim point of view — eye-opening and wonderful. (KGB)
Jane Austen has more readers than many of the most popular novelists writing today. Which explains why legions of “Pride and Prejudice” fans can’t get enough of Austen’s original story, but also happily gobble up its many retellings. We’ve picked two of the latest versions for our April selection for “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.”
Uzma Jalaluddin on why she keeps reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
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