South Asia Book Award Presents The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition

Join the South Asia Book Award (SABA) for the third webinar in the 2023 Meet the Authors Series for the opportunity to meet the winning author of the SABA Young Readers Category! Participants will be entered to win one of 20 available copies of The Moon from DehradunSign up for the other two webinars in the series here. This webinar will feature the author Shirin Shamsi and illustrator Tarun Lak.

About The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition

In time for the 75th anniversary of the Partition of British India, this picture book is a stirring account of the harrowing journey faced by millions of migrants in the aftermath of the division of India and Pakistan.

Azra knows that wherever she goes, her doll Gurya will follow. Even if it’s on a train that will take her far away from the house her family has lived in for generations. Even if there is a new flag flying in Dehradun, and no place left in it for Azra. At least she will be taking a piece of home with her.

But when Abba comes home and says they must leave right now, Gurya gets left behind in the scramble. Will Azra be strong enough to face the long journey alone? And what will happen to Gurya, now hundreds of miles behind them?

Inspired by the author’s family story, this lyrical, moving picture book is a testament to the strength, courage, and perseverance of the over 10 million refugees displaced by the largest forced migration in recorded history, and shares a young girl’s journey from her old home to a new one.

About the Author

Author Shirin Shamsi’s family left India during the Partition. Having lived on three continents, she views herself as a global citizen and now spends her time sharing stories with children of the world. Shirin and her husband have raised six children—three human and three feline—and reside in the suburbs of Chicago.

Illustrator Tarun Lak is an Indian American animator and illustrator. Born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Chennai, India, he attended Ringling College of Art and Design to study computer animation. He has since worked as a character animator on commercials and feature films including Spider Man: Into the Spider-VerseSoul, and Luca. Tarun currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys drinking coffee and making art in his spare time. The Moon from Dehradun is his first picture book.

About the South Asia Book Award

The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, is given annually for up to three outstanding works of literature, from picture books to young adult novels, which accurately and skillfully portray the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. Honor Books and Highly Commended Books will also be recognized by the award committee for their contribution to this body of literature on the region. See all past winners, as well as educational resources, on our website:

This virtual event will be held on Monday, December 18th from 5:00-6:00pm CST. Participants can reserve their spot with the “Register Here” link below.