New Publisher Sarah Jessica Parker Introduces Her First Novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza | TODAY



SARAH JESSICA PARKER WEARS MANY SARAH JESSICA PARKER WEARS MANY
HATS. HATS. GOLDEN DWLOEB NEN GLOBE AND EMMY GOLDEN DWLOEB NEN GLOBE AND EMMY DESIGNER, UNICEF AMBASSADOR.
AND MOTHER OF THREE.ASSADOR. AND MOTHER OF THREE. NOW, SHES AN EDITOR IN NOW, SHES AN EDITOR IN PUBLISHING. PUBLISHING. >> HER NEW IMPRINT IS CALLED SGP >> HER NEW IMPRINT IS CALLED SGP FOR HOEGARTH, AND HER FIRST ONE FOR HOEGARTH, AND HER FIRST ONE IS "A PLACE FOR US."
ITS ABOUT AN INDIAN FAMILY IN ITS ABOUT AN INDIAN FAMILY IN
CALIFORNIA, TORN BETWEEN CALIFORNIA, TORN BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND MODERN VALUES. TRADITIONAL AND MODERN VALUES. IT WAS WRITTEN BY FATIMA FARHEEN IT WAS WRITTEN BY FATIMA FARHEEN MIRZA. MIRZA. WE HAVE A FIRST-TIME PUBLISHER
AND FIRST-TIME AUTHOR.UBLISHER AND FIRST-TIME AUTHOR.
>> ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS TO SAY >> ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS TO SAY IS DIRECTED TOWARDS THIS IS DIRECTED TOWARDS THIS EXTRAORDINARY, POWERFUL, NEW EXTRAORDINARY, POWERFUL, NEW AMERICAN VOICE. AMERICAN VOICE. >> WHAT CAUGHT YOUR EYE ABOUT >> WHAT CAUGHT YOUR EYE ABOUT FATIMAS WORK? FATIMAS WORK? >> I THINK THE SAME THING THAT >> I THINK THE SAME THING THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING FROM EARLY WE ARE EXPERIENCING FROM EARLY READERS. READERS. THIS IS A STORY ABOUT AN THIS IS A STORY ABOUT AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN ALL ITS PURL
PLURALITY.AMILY IN ALL ITS PURL PLURALITY. ITS ABOUT FAITH AND HOW WE LOVE ITS ABOUT FAITH AND HOW WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. ONE ANOTHER. FROM VERY EARLY PAGES IN THIS
BOOK, I WAS NOT ONLY COMPLETELY BOOK, I WAS NOT ONLY COMPLETELY
GRIPPED AND ABSORBED, BUT I WAS GRIPPED AND ABSORBED, BUT I WAS
STUNNED BY THE MATURITY OF THIS STUNNED BY THE MATURITY OF THIS
YOUNG WRITER. YOUNG WRITER.
NATURALLY GIFTED. NATURALLY GIFTED.
I WANTED VERY MUCH TO BE PART OF I WANTED VERY MUCH TO BE PART OF
THE SHEPHERDING OF THIS VOICE. THE SHEPHERDING OF THIS VOICE.
I THINK ITS ESPECIALLY I THINK ITS ESPECIALLY
IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW. IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.
AND ITS SINGULAR. AND ITS SINGULAR.
>> FATIMA, CONGRATULATIONS ON >> FATIMA, CONGRATULATIONS ON
THE BOOK. THE BOOK. THATS A GOOD FIRST REVIEW FOR THATS A GOOD FIRST REVIEW FOR YOUR BOOK. YOUR BOOK. THIS IS YOUR FIRST BOOK. THIS IS YOUR FIRST BOOK. THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY. THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY. YOURE COMING IN WITH A BANG. YOURE COMING IN WITH A BANG. TELL US ABOUT THE STORY.
>> SO, THE NOVEL BEGINS AT THE >> SO, THE NOVEL BEGINS AT THE
WEDDING OF THE ELDEST DAUGHTER WEDDING OF THE ELDEST DAUGHTER
IN THIS FAMILY. IN THIS FAMILY.
AND THE SON HAS RETURNED AFTER AND THE SON HAS RETURNED AFTER
HAVING RUN AWAY THREE YEARS AGO. HAVING RUN AWAY THREE YEARS AGO.
AND YOU DONT KNOW WHY HE LEFT. AND YOU DONT KNOW WHY HE LEFT.
FROM THERE, YOU DIVE INTO FROM THERE, YOU DIVE INTO
MOMENTS FROM THE FAMILYS MOMENTS FROM THE FAMILYS
HISTORY AND PAST. HISTORY AND PAST.
AND YOU FIGURE OUT WHY HE RAN AND YOU FIGURE OUT WHY HE RAN
AWAY, WHAT IT MEANS THAT HES AWAY, WHAT IT MEANS THAT HES
COME HOME TO ATTEND HIS SISTERS COME HOME TO ATTEND HIS SISTERS
WEDDING. WEDDING. >> I LOVE YOUR STORY, FATIMA, >> I LOVE YOUR STORY, FATIMA, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE IN BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE IN COLLEGE. COLLEGE. AND YOU DECIDED, IM GOING TO AND YOU DECIDED, IM GOING TO GIVE MYSELF TEN YEARS TO WRITE A GIVE MYSELF TEN YEARS TO WRITE A NOVEL. NOVEL. OKAY. OKAY. IF I CANT GET IT DONE, ILL IF I CANT GET IT DONE, ILL MOVE ON. MOVE ON. YOU MADE IT. YOU MADE IT. YOU MADE THE CUTOFF. YOU MADE THE CUTOFF. YOU DID THIS IN EIGHT YEARS. YOU DID THIS IN EIGHT YEARS. ITS AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF WORK
FOR A 27-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR.F WORK FOR A 27-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. GROWING UP, I NEVER SAW A LIFE
LIKE MINE REFLECTED IN FICTION. LIKE MINE REFLECTED IN FICTION.
TO ME, TO WRITE THIS NOVEL WAS A TO ME, TO WRITE THIS NOVEL WAS A
WAY TO HONOR THE PLACE THAT I WAY TO HONOR THE PLACE THAT I
HAD COME FROM AND THE DETAILS OF HAD COME FROM AND THE DETAILS OF
THE LIVES THAT I HAVE WITNESSED THE LIVES THAT I HAVE WITNESSED
GROWING UP. GROWING UP. >> SO, YOU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF A
TEACHER.OU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF A TEACHER.
>> YES. >> YES.
>> YOU LOVE TO READ. >> YOU LOVE TO READ.
>> YES. >> YES. >> FIND YOU AROUND NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARIES, YOUVE BEEN PUBLIC LIBRARIES, YOUVE BEEN
SPOTTED. SPOTTED. BEING AN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR,
GETTING INTO PUBLISHING, MADE GETTING INTO PUBLISHING, MADE
SENSE. SENSE. >> IT WASNT ANYTHING THAT I >> IT WASNT ANYTHING THAT I THOUGHT MADE SENSE UNTIL REALLY THOUGHT MADE SENSE UNTIL REALLY THE PEOPLE AT CROWN PENGUIN
RANDOMHOUSE OFFERED ME THEN RANDOMHOUSE OFFERED ME THE
OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY. I DIDNT THINK I WAS EQUIPPED, I DIDNT THINK I WAS EQUIPPED, PROBABLY OUT OF ADMIRATION OF
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE IT FOR SO PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE IT FOR SO
LONG. LONG. AND THEY TOLD ME THERE WERE BE AND THEY TOLD ME THERE WERE BE PEOPLE TO GUIDE ME THROUGH THE
PROCESS.O GUIDE ME THROUGH THE PROCESS. AND LITTLE DID I KNOW OUR FIRST AND LITTLE DID I KNOW OUR FIRST NOVEL FOR PUBLICATION WOULD BE NOVEL FOR PUBLICATION WOULD BE THIS KIND OF NOVEL. THIS KIND OF NOVEL. I WANTED TO BE IN THE LITERARY
FICTION SPACE BECAUSE I THINKY FICTION SPACE BECAUSE I THINK
ITS AN IMPORTANT PART OF ITS AN IMPORTANT PART OF PUBLISHING. PUBLISHING. AND FOR THE LIFE OF AVID
READERS, ITS A UNIQUE PLACE TO READERS, ITS A UNIQUE PLACE TO
BE AND ITS A GIFT TO PUBLISH IN BE AND ITS A GIFT TO PUBLISH IN
THIS CATEGORY, IN A WAY. THIS CATEGORY, IN A WAY.
I NEVER IMAGINED THIS WOULD BE I NEVER IMAGINED THIS WOULD BE
THE BOOK THAT I COULD OFFER TO THE BOOK THAT I COULD OFFER TO
READERS AND PRESS INTO THEIR READERS AND PRESS INTO THEIR
HANDS WITH CONFIDENCE AND HANDS WITH CONFIDENCE AND
EXCITEMENT. EXCITEMENT. >> ITS GREAT. >> ITS GREAT. YOU LOVE TO READ. YOU LOVE TO READ. YOU READ FOR PLEASURE. YOU READ FOR PLEASURE. NOW, YOU HAVE A GIG OUT OF IT.
SPEAKING OF, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. SPEAKING OF, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
20 YEARS SINCE "SEX AND THE 20 YEARS SINCE "SEX AND THE
CITY." CITY." >> I WAS LIKE, WHICH >> I WAS LIKE, WHICH ANNIVERSARY? ANNIVERSARY? MY MARRIAGE — MY WEDDING MY MARRIAGE — MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JUST PASSED, MAY
19th.ERSARY JUST PASSED, MAY 19th. >> THATS IMPORTANT, TOO. >> THATS IMPORTANT, TOO. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. I DO THINK OF MY PERSONAL LIFE I DO THINK OF MY PERSONAL LIFE FIRST. FIRST. THANK YOU FOR BOTH, YEAH. THANK YOU FOR BOTH, YEAH. ITS KIND OF — ITS HARD TO
IMAGINE THAT 21 YEARS HAVE IMAGINE THAT 21 YEARS HAVE
PASSED. PASSED. A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES AND A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES AND PRIDE IN THAT TIME SPENT, AS PRIDE IN THAT TIME SPENT, AS WELL. WELL. >> DEFINITELY. >> DEFINITELY. I MEAN, MY BACK IS HURT JUST
BECAUSE OF THE STILETTOS I HAD BECAUSE OF THE STILETTOS I HAD
TO WEAR TO BE LIKE YOU. TO WEAR TO BE LIKE YOU.
>> THEY FORCED ME, UNDER >> THEY FORCED ME, UNDER
CONTACT. CONTACT. >> FATIMA, CONGRATULATIONS. >> FATIMA, CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE BOOK IS CALLED "A PLACE FOR THE BOOK IS CALLED "A PLACE FOR US." US." YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT IT AT

9 thoughts on “New Publisher Sarah Jessica Parker Introduces Her First Novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza | TODAY

  1. Wow she's so young so beautiful and the phenomenal SJP on her side. Lucky girl. The world is her oyster

  2. I've just finished reading this book (there's a review up on Bookaxe's channel here https://youtu.be/G38FYCPsJ6g!) and thought it was a beautifully written and incredibly touching look at how families interact, and how we form our own identities, and the themes it addresses are absolutely universal. It's about a family who happens to be Muslim, and it's incredibly mature. I'll certainly be looking out for Fatima Farheen Mirza's future books. What a talent.

  3. Where is Fatima's family from in India ???
    Is it Hyderabad by any chance ???

  4. He forgot to mention her most iconic role of the girl in the flight of the navigator.

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