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Cultural Preservation & Literary Con Artists

Femme presenting person picking up Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam. She also has a stack of books filled with her favorite literary cons!

Join us as we delve into two distinct yet enthralling segments that celebrate cultural heritage and explore the fascinating world of literary con-artists. From the preservation of Pakistani culture to the allure of charming tricksters, this episode promises insights, reflections, and a dash of intrigue.

The Preservation of Pakistani Culture with Nigar Alam


Ashley sits down with Nigar Alam, the talented author of “Under the Tamarind Tree”. Tune in as they explore how Nigar’s work delicately encapsulates stories of refugees, shedding light on the representation of their struggles and triumphs. Discover how the perception of women and their family’s reputation plays a pivotal role in this narrative, and delve into the inspiring initiatives like the Citizens Archive of Pakistan that foster cultural preservation.

Get a copy of Under the Tamarind Tree Here! 

Resources mentioned by Nigar Alam

Citizens Archive of Pakistan

The Loft Literary Center

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!: Our favorite cons in books


We all have that special niche interest that we’re drawn to. In this segment Rah, Jordy, and Nox dive into a few of their favorite books that have the trickiest of protagonists- con artists. Join them as they unravel what makes these literary con artist so appealing and the unique elements that draw us into their escapades. Get ready to add to TBR!

Books mentioned by Rah & Nox

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Counterfeit by Kristin Chen

Adult Drama by Natalie Beach

Thief liar lady by D.L Soria

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft

Kill for Love Laura Picklesimer

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

Killing Me by Michelle Gagnon 

The Guest by Emma Cline 

Support our hosts & guest:

Nigar Alam:  Website //  Instagram

Ashley:  Instagram

Nox: Blog // Instagram // TikTok // Twitter // YouTube

Rah: Instagram // Twitter // TikTok // The StoryGraph

Jordy: Instagram

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This episode was edited by Niba and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.

Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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