SIGN UP: The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Diversity tags: own-voices, poc representation (indian)

Publication date: 08 September 2020

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

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Synopsis:


In the ancient Indian kingdom of Kasmira, stories don’t begin with “once upon a time.”


Instead, Kasmiris start a woman’s story with those who came before her: her parents, grandparents, ancestors. For fourteen-year-old Reya Kandhari, her story always starts the same: with the fabled line of Bookweavers, tracing centuries back to the lost Yogis—the mythical guardians of Kasmiri culture who created the world itself. As a result, Reya’s entire life has been shaped by words. Words of mystique and mythology. Words of magic that allow her father, the Bookweaver, to bring his stories to life. Words of power that make him the target of tyrants who will stop at nothing to destroy magic in Kasmira.


Living in disguise as a peasant in the fields, Reya’s sole focus is protecting the Bookweaver’s secret. But when her father is taken, Reya must flee deep into the jungle, alone with her best friend Nina and one ancient book. Grappling with Reya’s newfound magic, the two girls find themselves in the center of a war of liberation where magic reigns unchecked, and destiny takes a dark turn. As the stakes get higher, Reya realizes that her father’s legacy contains more power than she ever imagined. For Reya Kandhari is more than just a fugitive—she is a symbol of revolution. And that makes her a threat.


In a tale of magic, Indian lore, and radical female friendship, Reya must pass the final test: the Bookweaver’s daughter must weave her own destiny. The fate of Kasmira depends on it.

About the Author

Malavika Kannan is an Indian-American novelist (#OwnVoices), feminist writer, and political activist raised in the suburbs of Central Florida. She wrote her award-winning debut novel, The Bookweaver’s Daughter, when she was seventeen years old. Malavika is currently an undergraduate at Stanford University.

A relentless advocate for girls changing the world, Malavika uses stories to speak truth to power and disrupt narratives. Malavika’s writing has won accolades from Scholastic Art & Writing, YoungArts, and the Library of Congress, among other places.

Beyond the page, Malavika is a nationally-recognized activist for women’s rights and youth empowerment. She has organized historic political campaigns for Women’s March, Giffords, and March for Our Lives, including #NationalSchoolWalkout, the largest single-day youth-led protest in American history. She is founder of The Homegirl Project, a girl-led organization that empowers female-identifying youth of color to become political leaders.

About the Tour

The tour for The Bookweaver’s Daughter exclusively accommodates both book bloggers and booktubers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to Asian (especially Indian) readers. Its official hashtag is #BookweaverTour.

The tour will run from August 31st to September 4th, which is the week prior to the book’s release date. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital review copies of The Bookweaver’s Daughter will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate.

Sign-ups will close within next week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and diverse books. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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