Noted as "Word Artist" by critics, Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin. Her novel Saffron Dreams explores the tragedy of 9/11 from the perspective of a Muslim widow. Abdullah's debut book, Beyond the Cayenne Wall is a collection of stories about Pakistani women. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, DIY Award, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, including a grant from Hobson Foundation.
More information about the author is available on her website at www.shailaabdullah.com