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Shama Shams--A Book Signing in Celebration of She Called Me Throwaway

Event date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Charis welcomes Agnes Scott College Alum (Class of 1990), Shama Shams for a book signing of She Called Me Throwaway, a story of secrets, survival, and strength. Shama will chat with readers, take photos, and sign books in person at Charis Books and More. No reservation or ticket required. 

About the Book

Shama Shams spent her childhood in her native land of Bangladesh during a time of political turmoil, economic instability, and daily violence. Born the third daughter to her parents, when everyone's hope was for a son, a namesake, her father loved her unconditionally when her mother did not.

When her father had to flee to the United States to save his life during the Bangladesh War for Independence in the early 1970s, Shama's mother turned to extreme religion that changed her daughter's life forever. What followed next, when Shama was six years old, was hell on earth that no child should have to endure. She lived with her mother at a religious compound under the rule of a cruel, abusive, and heartless leader. Shama survived physical, mental, and sexual abuse until she was finally rescued by her grandmother. As Shama waited to be reunited with her sisters who lived with their aunt, she was still not safe in her grandmother's home. Shama includes some details of her abuse, so the reader can ultimately understand that even in the worst of situations, the human spirit can survive.

When she was ten, Shama's father returned to move his family to the U.S., and her grandmother swore her to secrecy to keep the stories of her abuse to herself and never tell anyone, especially her father. Shama didn't understand, but she loved her grandmother and made the promise. In the U.S., it seemed that every time Shama thought life would be okay, she had to survive another tragedy while living with the shame and guilt sexual abuse survivors often do.

This is the true story of what happens when a young girl must fight for her life and confront her family and past to find the truth and to learn about happiness and acceptance as an adult. Now, she's ready to share her story and help others in She Called Me Throwaway.

About the Author

Sanjukta Shams (Shama), an author residing in Seattle, holds an MA in religion specializing in Islam from Florida State University and a BA in Political Science from Agnes Scott College. 

Shams captivated audiences at the Dallas Museum of Arts and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where she read excerpts from her memoir to sold-out crowds. These readings, titled "Lost in Translation," "Elephant in the Room," and "Old School," were recorded and can be viewed on the YouTube channel "Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales)." Additionally, she shared parts of her memoir at Truth in Comedy, a show showcasing nonfiction writers.

Aside from her writing pursuits, Shams has dedicated two decades to the nonprofit sector, advocating for and raising funds for marginalized communities. Her expertise and passion in this field led to the publication of her book, "Nonprofit Fundraising - Lessons from the Trenches," earlier this year. Furthermore, she hosts the podcast "From Passion to Purpose," highlighting the impactful work of nonprofit leaders in the community.

Shama serves on the Folio Seattle, the Seattle City of Literature, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals board. She is also an instructor at the Hugo House.

Event address: 
Charis Books and More
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
She Called Me Throwaway By Shama Shams Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781957366203
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Editor-911 Books - March 25th, 2024

A story of secrets, survival, and strength.


Shama Shams spent her childhood in her native land of Bangladesh during a time of political turmoil, economic instability, and daily violence. Born the third daughter to her parents, when everyone's hope was for a son, a namesake, her father loved her unconditionally when her mother did not.



Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Agnes Scott College Alum (Class of 1990), Shama Shams for a book signing of She Called Me Throwaway, a story of secrets, survival, and strength.