Malala Yousafzai


Malala All Set To Start Her Book Club, Aims To Highlight New Female Voices

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Swat’s famed activist, Nobel Laureate and author, Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration to many to many young girls around the world.

It were books that helped Swat’s famed activist and nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to heal from the trauma of being shot in the head by Taliban. And now, after graduating from Oxford University in June this year, the young author is all set to start her digital book club.

Malala's club is called "Fearless"...

I can say that I would have greatly preferred to finish my last months of Oxford on campus — but it’s much more important that we protect the health of our communities,” Malala said in a statement. “I’m delighted for the children who can go back to school safely. I’m sure they’ve missed their friends like I missed mine.”

“People have heard my story already. I think it’s time for people to listen to other womens’ stories as well,” Malala is quoted on Literati’s website.

So, what’s Yousafzai’s club called?

Fittingly, the book club will be called “Fearless.” Malala is undeniably fearless herself — at 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking up for girls and their right to an education. Campaigning for and amplifying underrepresented voices has been her longtime mission, whether in her own writing, her activism or her own girls’ education nonprofit Malala Fund.

Nobel Laureate, activist, author, and fierce champion for girls' education Malala Yousafzai.
Nobel Laureate, activist, author, and fierce champion for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai.

Talking about ‘Fearless’ being the theme of her upcoming book club, Malala shared with the news agency, “As somebody who spoke out during a time when terrorism was spreading, being fearless became such an important part of my life. And for me that was overcoming your fear.”

Yousafzai’s been a longtime advocate for the power of reading and learning, famously calling for worldwide access to education at the U.N. Youth Assembly in 2013, concluding, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” 

So, it’s inevitable that many of us would love to know what Malala herself is reading. Luckily, you’ll soon be able to get recommendations straight from the Nobel Prize winner herself. Each month Malala will select a book which she’ll read and later discuss with her followers. 

A sneak peek of Malala's book club on Literati.
A sneak peek of Malala’s book club on Literati.

Malala further revealed that Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ is her all-time favorite book. “I’ve probably read The Alchemist more times than any other book,” she told in an interview.

She also said that she prefers reading non-fiction books, “mostly autobiographies and real-life stories, or novels that reflect the real world”.

“For most of this year, I was really focused on my final exams at Oxford, so I’m just starting to read for fun again!”

That’s all the clues we get for the time being until the book club launches in October. Are you excited to join the book club? Let us know in the comments.

Stasu Raaye