Aram’s first novel will be published

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Jamaluddin Aram ’17 from Afghanistan, writer, documentary filmmaker and producer, has secured a book deal from Scribner, Canada for his debut novel, “Nothing Good Ever Happens in Wazirabad on a Wednesday”.

The story is set in a working-class neighborhood of Kabul, where life rumbles in the narrow alleys despite the ongoing war, and every day at noon a flaming red rooster travels three blocks to visit his favorite hens.

Aram, who now lives in Toronto, focuses on themes of family, immigration, childhood and peace in times of war. His opinion piece, “In Afghanistan, darkness reigns under the rule of the Taliban”, recently raced in Canada The Globe and Mail.

Last fall, Aram was the first writer to receive the Peter Heinegg Literary Prize, awarded by the English Department to a Union student or graduate who has excelled in writing fiction, non-fiction or of poetry. The award is named in memory of the Distinguished Professor of English, who retired in 2017 after 42 years at Union. Heinegg died in June 2021.

In 2020, Aram was named one of three finalists for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in the short fiction category for his story, “This Hard Easy Life”. This prestigious award was created in memory of Wallace, a Canadian poet and short story writer, and is administered by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. The award is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada.

Aram’s news appeared in number five, The start of writing Detained and storage room literary journals. He has also produced several films about life in Kabul, including Oscar-nominated “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age story about two friends who dream of a better life.

Aram majored in English and History at Union, a place he says will “always be close to my heart.” He has been active in French and film clubs and as a student blogger.

His book is due out in 2023.

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