Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author
and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to
Canada at the age of three.
up in a small town in southern Ontario and was ruthlessly bullied. Drugs
were against her religion (so was suicide) so she turned to books and
became hopelessly addicted to the written word!
When a grade
eight teacher told her she was a writer, she
thought the idea was crazy. Writers
were white people. They were from England and America.
be ‘sensible’ she graduated from college
at the top of her class as a
When she couldn’t
get a decent job she decided to
‘unsensible’ and become a writer.
It took eight years to get her first book published.
Now she has twelve books published (one of which
was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 greatest
children's books in the last 100 years).
Some of her books have been published in other
countries and in different languages.
She has appeared on television and radio lots of times,
and has been
featured at conferences and festivals around the world.
She's been a
corporal in the air cadets, worked on vintage warplanes,
composed songs and written stories for children's
videos, raised four children
(three girls and a boy) and has ten grandchildren.
loves reading, writing, storytelling, traveling, gardening and
hiking. She used to like tobogganing, but she broke her wrist
while zooming down a slope on one of those little red saucer things.
As a result, she no longer likes tobogganing.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and family.
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