Book Launch: Under the Sky Beneath the Moon

Book Launch: Under the Sky Beneath the Moon
by Mozhgan Mahjoob

February 25, 2024 / 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Art Gallery of Guelph / Guelph, Ontario

Join us at the Rock / Paper / Scissors Book and Print Fair to launch the latest book from PS Guelph! Under the Sky Beneath the Moon, by Mozhgan Mahjoob, is the first book issued by The GOAT PoL Books, a new imprint at PS Guelph. Mahjoob is an Afghan writer from Herat, where she was a member of the Herat Literary Society and a writer of prose and poems in Dari and Persian. As political changes have prevented women from taking part in education and public life, Mahjoob has written more of her stories of modern Afghan life in English, by working with editors at The GOAT PoL wesbite, a publishing project of the Musagetes Foundation. The GOAT PoL Books will publish new books by writers facing political peril and oppression in many places around the globe. The website itself offers hundreds of these writers editorial support, payment for their work, and publication in English. Mahjoob cannot leave Afghanistan or risk appearing on digital live-link because of dangers she faces as a woman writing about Afghanistan. Instead, her editor at The GOAT PoL, Matthew Stadler, will speak about the project and introduce Mozghan’s book. Copies are for sale at the launch and at the Rock, Paper, Scissors Book & Print Fair.


Presenter Bios

Mozhgan Mahjoob is an Afghan poet and writer graduated from the Humanities and English Literature faculty of Herat University. Her stories (inspired by true life incidents), essays, and poems are published at The GOAT Pol, Anis National Newspaper, Hamdeli, and Shahr e Sokoot Magazines. Mozhgan’s creative work is myth-like, metaphorical, layered in meaning and stated in simple English. Her first book of stories, Under the Sky Beneath the Moon, is available in softcover and eBook, from The GOAT PoL Books and Publication Studio.

Matthew Stadler is a writer and editor currently working as one of nine Reader/Advisor/Editors (RAEs) at The GOAT PoL, an online publishing project that supports writers who face political peril, displacement, statelessness, or other forms of dispossession. His books include the novels Allan Stein, The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, and Chloe Jarren’s  La Cucaracha, and his nonfiction includes Deventer, Where We Live Now, and the annotated anthology Revolution: A Reader (in collaboration with the Canadian poet, Lisa Robertson).