Farida Somjee is an award-winning Canadian author and novelist. Her debut novel, The Beggar’s Dance, won the Whistler Independent Book Awards for best fiction.

She was born in Mbeya, Tanzania, and grew up in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Many of her childhood memories resonate with her and come across in her writing. She moved to Canada in her late teens with twenty dollars in her pocket, a lot of dreams and God on her side.

She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and son.


  1. “Too many books” –said no one ever

    I just wanted to reach out and let you know about our grand re-opening party coming up this Thursday April 16th, 2015 . Our little independent (accredited) English bookstore has gone through some big changes. We have been working tirelessly over the last couple of months to improve everything from creating space for hundreds of more books to completely renovating the look and feel of our store.

    We are also on social media; be sure to check us out (and follow) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay in the loop about events such as the Authors For Indies Canada event which we are participating in for the first time this coming May 2nd (more to follow about the line-up of authors we have booked!).

    Thanks –and have a great weekend!
    Julie / 514-695-5557

    1. Hello Julie,
      Congratulations to your newly renovated store. Enjoy the grand re-opening party. Happy to connect with you on social media. The Instagram page is awesome. Love the photos. Cheers!