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The Subtweet

The subtweet is a novel by Vivek Shraya.

Vivek Shraya

Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. When Neela Devaki's song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins.

But as Rukmini's star rises and Neela's stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the center of an internet firestorm.

Celebrated multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya's second novel is a stirring examination of making art in the modern era, a love letter to brown women, an authentic glimpse into the music industry, and a nuanced exploration of the promise and peril of being seen.

Shraya is a writer, artist and musician from Alberta. Her books include the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry collection even this page is white, the essay I'm Afraid of Men and the comic book Death Threat.

Interviews with Vivek Shraya

Calgary-based musician, writer and visual artist Vivek Shraya discusses the challenges she faces both personally and as an artist when it comes to adapting to the new normal and just "showing up" every day. 19:00
Artist, writer and musician Vivek Shraya returns to q to talk about her latest project, The Subtweet. It’s a novel that examines internet culture and what it means to be an artist in the 21st century — themes that have taken on a new urgency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shraya joined Tom Power from her home in Calgary to tell us more. 13:28
Multi-artist Vivek Shraya has turned out some pretty grim-sounding titles. Her books “Death Threat” and “I’m Afraid of Men” opened a lot of eyes to the trans experience. And her latest work is an autobiographical play called “How to Fail as a Popstar.” All of which, Vivek jokes, make her sound like a “Debbie Downer.” But when it comes to heavy topics like fear and hate — which Vivek has experienced more than most — she manages to infuse the conversation with humour and hope. Listen to her chat with Anna Maria Tremonti, and you may walk away knowing the difference between good fear and bad fear, and how to turn bad fear into something good. 53:57

Toronto Pride Grand Marshal Vivek Shraya opens up about her art and its inspiration

5 years ago
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In this segment, artist Vivek Shraya discusses her relationship with her mother, masculinity, and Toronto Pride. 4:39

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