An excerpt from The Mayor of New Orleans appears in this new book: N.O. Lit, Pub Date December 2013

FICTION COLLECTIONS
ADULT


SILVER THREADS: 25 YEARS OF FICTION FROM THE XAVIER REVIEW, edited by Thomas Bonner Short story, February 2010

MEN WE CHERISH: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN PRAISE THE MEN IN THEIR LIVES, edited by Brooke Stephens Essay, Doubleday, Fall 1997

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, edited by Al Young
Short story, HarperCollins, Spring 1996

STREETLIGHTS: ILLUMINATING TALES OF THE URBAN BLACK EXPERIENCE, edited by DorisJean Austin and Martin Simmons Chapter, Penguin Books, Spring 1996


BREAKING ICE: ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FICTION, edited by Terry McMillan Short story, Penguin-Viking, Fall 1990


JOURNALS


KILLENS REVIEW OF ARTS & LETTERS
"Bird Whistle" Short story, Fall 2015

PEN WORLD VOICES ONLINE ANTHOLOGY, PEN AMERICAN CENTER
"Bird Whistle" Short story, excerpt, What Went Missing and What Got Found,

"Climbing Monkey Hill" excerpt, Louisiana Stories for Young Adults
April/​May 2015

LOUISIANA HISTORY, LOUISIANA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Book review "In Search of Julian Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, Spring 2014

CALLALOO, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
"Christmas in New Orleans” Fall, 2006

THE JAZZ ARCHIVIST
“The Economy Society and Community Support for Jazz” Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, Vol. XVIII 2004

TRIBES: MULTICULTURAL MAGAZINE, Tribes Publishers, NYC
"Mer Lise" Short story , Spring 1993

CALLALOO, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md.
"Mothers and Daughters as Writers" Essay, Summer 1990

THE REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION, Dalkey Archive Press, Elmwood Park, Ill.
"Marguerite Young: Poetry of the Subconscious" Essay, Winter 1989

SOUTHERN REVIEW, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, La.
"Charity Begins At Home" Short Story, Autumn 1987

BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

What Went Missing and What Got Found
"A collection of fabulous short stories," Susan Larson, The Reading Life, WGNO

"Shaik’s strengths as a writer are in creating everyday dialogue, in painting her characters’ lives, in mov­ing her plotlines quietly and slowly along. She brews her characters—their status, their intellect, even their skin color—slowly, like tea steeping in a porcelain pot..In com­pelling fiction such as this, there is power, and truth." Joe Concannon, Bostonia

PREVIOUS FICTION FOR ADULTS

"More like a performance piece than conventional fiction...a terrific charging solo." National Public Radio
THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS: JUST TALKING JAZZ, adult fiction
“Three lush and evocative novellas” Publishers Weekly

"Poignant examples of cultural conflict and cooperation." San Francisco Chronicle

“In these three novellas, Fatima Shaik captures the essence of the people of southern Louisiana: the jazzy rhythms of speech and music, their spicy, flavorful food…she joins the ranks of black women writers preserving the voice of the Afro-American experience.” Jackson Sun

"Shaik writes with empathy and compassion about the lower rungs of New Orleans society. There are no villains here, nor is there the damp-palm voyeurism we have seen in other New Orleans-set stories.” The Short Story Review

YOUNG ADULT


MELITTE:A first person account of life through the eyes of a slave girl.
“Accessible and affecting historical fiction” School Library Journal
“Full of period detail and vivid sensory writing” Kirkus
“Heart rending novel” The Horn Book
Best Books for Young Adults Nomination ALA 1998
American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists 1997
MELINDE, German translation of Melitte
Cecilie Dressler Verlag: Hamburg, 1999

PICTURE BOOKS


“An especially appealing book that offers children vicarious enjoyment of this special day." School Library Journal
ON MARDI GRAS DAY: A book on New Orleans’ black carnival. "...she knows what she's talking about." New Orleans Times-Picayune Best Books of 1999, Holiday, Bank Street College of Ed

THE JAZZ OF OUR STREET: A book on New Orleans’ second line parades. illustrated by E.B. Lewis
“Poetic words and stunning light-filled watercolors express the rhythm and feeling” Booklist
“Shaik’s clever, agile celebration of New Orleans jazz is a compact cultural history” Kirkus
Parent’s Choice Recommended Title Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 1998



Upcoming

Fiction
A collection of magical stories about the inner lives of outsiders. pre-order now.
Société
The true story of 15 free men of African descent who began a secret organization in 1836 that lasted more than 100 years -- and whose records were held until the 21st century by Shaik's father in the family closet.
Streetcar to Calcutta
Filmmaker Kavery Kaul follows Shaik as she retraces her Muslim grandfather's 19th century journey from a small village near Calcutta to the intimate community of 7th ward New Orleans.