January 15, 2008 09:01 ET

Young Author Fights Bullets with Brains

Mayor David Miller says Young writer’s novel and presentation series “Just the kind of energy our city needs” .

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - 21 year old author and speaker Arsalan Shirazi has a somewhat "novel" approach to dealing with the epidemic of youth violence plaguing Toronto streets, he writes about it. The former GTA high school and current University of Toronto student's debut fictional book "A Sense of Loss" deals with issues such as guns, gangs, and overcoming adversity. The novel is available at all major bookstores, online retailers, and through custom orders for schools. It has been called "Inspiring" by Writer's Digest.

"I have always firmly believed that the power of stories can help shape people's lives," says Shirazi. "The idea with the novel was to get students to have a more personalized understanding of the issues affecting their generation, and do it in a creative and entertaining way."

Arsalan wrote the story following the summer of the gun after being profoundly affected by what he was seeing. The book is a hit with elementary and high school students across the city because of the way youth can relate to the characters and issues involved. In addition to the reading program created specially for schools, he also presents a series of inspirational presentations and talks called "Writing your Life"© to students across the city.

"Many students in this city are facing challenges and dangers most of us can't comprehend. So instead of trying to patronize or simply sympathize, I try to inspire by making them aware that there are great opportunities ahead of them if they rise up to the challenge and make positive life choices." Says Shirazi

A percentage of all book sales go towards a scholarship for at-risk youth in the city. Schools receive a discounted rate if they order the Sense of Loss Reading Program ©.
To order the novels and/or book a presentation schools and institutions can contact Arsalan at More information is available online at

Contact Information

  • Arsalan Shirazi, Author/Founder
    Primary Phone: 647-200-2778
    Secondary Phone: 905-509-2172