Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:30pm
Brazos Bookstore --
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005-1451

Brazos welcomes Sara Filali in-store on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Thousand Mile Coffee Company will be on-site concocting and selling specialty coffee drinks from 5 - 6:30 p.m. prior to the reading!

"Hajeetek Majeetek"- these are the famous words that have echoed from the lips of North African storytellers for centuries to begin reciting folktales.
Moroccan-American author Sara Filali begins her debut collection with these words, as she translates folktales of the greatest storyteller she knows: Zohra Zaoui, her mother's mother. Born and raised in the Rif mountains of Morocco, Zaoui absorbed the mesmerizing storytelling techniques of her elders and passed on her tales to her children and grandchildren. These epic folktales reflect the beating heart and culture of its people. Woven with ghouls and magic, love and adventure, deception and prayers, Filali has transcribed and translated these stories in honor of her grandmother, a village woman who never learned to read or write, so that this folktale legacy can reach people all over the world.

In doing so, we begin the epic adventure. Hajeetek Majeetek.

Sara Filali, a Moroccan-American artist and writer, recently debuted her book, "Hajeetek Majeetek: My Grandmother's North African Folktales," on October 1, 2023. This captivating collection translates her grandmother's legacy into a celebration of North African culture and storytelling.

Known for her dynamic art series portraying Muslim women, Sara's work challenges stereotypes and emphasizes the individuality and agency of Muslim and Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) women. Her art serves as a compelling response to orientalism, offering nuanced perspectives.

Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara explores the scenic landscapes of Colorado with her husband, Rayan, and actively engages in community-building initiatives. Believing in the transformative power of storytelling, she envisions a world where art reshapes narratives and honors our humanity. Join her journey on Instagram @sara_filali or visit


Hajeetek Majeetek: My Grandmother's North African Folktales By Zohra Zaoui, Sara Filali Cover Image
ISBN: 9798392843480
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Independently Published - September 29th, 2023