Children’s fiction writer Khyrunnisa in ‘Mathrubhumi Books’ on Nov 18
Kozhikode: Khyrunnisa A, the prize-winning author of children’s fiction, who created the iconic comic character ‘Butterfingers’ for the Mumbai-based magazine ‘Tinkle’ is in town for an author session. She will interact with students at ‘Mathrubhumi Books’, Rajaji Road (near New bus stand) from 6 pm to 7 pm on November 18 Monday. The author will also engage in a book signing session on the occasion.
‘The Lizard of Oz and Other Stories’ published by Scholastic is a compilation of 13 stories, which shedding our anthropomorphic gaze, looks at the world from the perspective of the meek, who too inherit this earth. Ants, bees, book worms, centipedes, lions, lizards, mosquitoes and peacocks too get a place under the sun. The book is a hit among kids.
The Thiruvananthapuram-based former Associate Professor of English at the All Saints’ College has six popular titles in the ‘Butterfingers’ series published by ‘Penguin Random House India’. The first three are novels: ‘Howzzat Butterfingers!’, ‘Goal Butterfingers!’ and ‘Clean Bowled, Butterfingers!’. ‘The Misadventures of Butterfingers!’, ‘Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!’ and ‘Of Course It’s Butterfingers!’ were collections of short stories.’
‘Tongue in Cheek: The Funny Side of Life,’ her first book for adult readers, published by Westland Publications has had a generous reception. It is a collation of the ‘Inside View’ column run in ‘the Hindu’ - chronicling the hilarious quotidian domestic experiences of the urban lady of the house.
A book of short stories ‘Lost in Ooty and Other Adventure Stories’ won the first and second prizes at the Unisun Open Creative Writing Competition (2007) in the category Children’s Fiction. Her stories for children have appeared in several anthologies published by Penguin India (Puffin), Speaking Tiger (Talking Cub) and Children’s Book Trust.
Her stories for adults have been included in two anthologies – ‘The Shrinking Woman and Other Stories’ and ‘Vanilla Desires and Other Stories’ – brought out by Unisun Publications. She will curate the children's section in MBIFL'20 to be held in Kanakakkunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram from January 30 to February 2, 2020. A former columnist for The New Indian Express, she writes regularly for other publications too.