Rupi Kaur
the sun and her flowers

Author Name
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

Praise for Rupi Kaur's the sun and her flowers:

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller

"Kaur’s work reminds us that the ordinary business and experience of millennial minority women is not to be dismissed. . . . Kaur becomes permission and voice, both a reminder and a vehicle that they have every right to speak, even when they are made to feel like they should be silent." —The New York Times

"Rupi Kaur: The poet who touched a nerve." —The Times(UK)

"the sun and her flowers is everything you’d expect from Kaur, and more. . . . She creates a communal experience on the page—her verse speaks with her readers, rather than to them or at them. Her messages are clear, accessible, and evocative." —Bustle

“A voice for the marginalized, whether that be in support of online feminism or racial equality.” —National Post

"Her simple, heartfelt, often-illustrated poems . . . are wildly popular. . . . To put her success in context, one could probably add up the sales of every poetry collection published in Canada this century and fall short of two million." —The Globe and Mail

"That Kaur’s work is so popular, given its authentic, performative quality, serves as an example of the revitalization of poetry among American youth." —The Boston Globe

"Kaur’s streamlined feminist offerings tackle subjects such as loss, trauma, violence and sexual abuse. The line drawings that accompany her poems are raw, evocative and utterly striking. Add to that, her trajectory is nothing short of remarkable." —Toronto Star

milk and honey, the debut collection by 25-year-old Canadian poet Rupi Kaur, is the top-selling book in the United States this year so far, but it’s competition may have finally arrived—in the form of Kaur’s second book of poetry, the sun and her flowers.” —LA Times

“Poet Rupi Kaur . . . has seen the kind of commercial success that’s rare for any author these days—but even rarer for a poet.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Rupi Kaur ushered in a new literary era. . . . She broke up the long tradition of women of colour not being afforded space on the bookshelf." —Dazed

"A massive hit with the Instagram generation—a population not credited with high physical book sales. But Kaur’s voice has managed to speak to the many young people who have followed her work from their phone screens to her paperback." —WWD

“It is a kind of genius . . . to pick up the things that almost everyone could recognize in their lives.” —Matthew Zapruder, critic and author of Why Poetry

“I reach a couple thousand people and she reaches millions. I say more power to her. . . . Take a page from Kaur’s book. She’s showing you don’t have to be part of an aesthetic war to write poems that reach people.”
—Carol Muske-Dukes, Former Poet Laureate of California

"Kaur is part of a new creatively fruitful, symbiotic coterie—perhaps this is the new Harlem Renaissance or Bloomsbury Group" —The Guardian

“Kaur, 25, is the most popular adult author in America. . . . The last time poetry was this cool corsets were all the rage, everyone was worried about dying of consumption and a bad boy group of poets including Byron, Keats and Shelley were everyone’s favorite pin-ups.” —New York Post

“Rupi Kaur is a bestselling poet. When was the last time anyone could say that?” —Dina Del Bucchia, poet and Editor-in-Chief of Poetry is Dead magazine

Praise for Rupi Kaur's milk and honey:

#1 New York Times bestseller

"At age 24, Rupi Kaur has been called the voice of her generation."
USA Today

"Rupi Kaur's first book, milk and honey, is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table." —The Huffington Post

"Rupi's poetry is simple, relatable, gorgeous, and grounded in the everyday experiences of young women." —Hello Giggles

"milk and honey is essential reading." —Bustle

Some of Rupi's media appearances:

In conversation with Create & Cultivate

7 reasons why milk and honey is essential reading, according to Bustle

Profile in The Walrus

“The fight to end period shaming is going mainstream” on Newsweek

Bust interview

Discussing the experience of writing & publishing milk and honey

Performing at The Walrus talks

“Why did Instagram delete this image of a woman on her period?” in i-D

Interview with VICE Canada

Named one of FLARE Magazine’s sixty under 30 activists

Interview on CBC’s "q"

Interview with The Huffington Post


Genre: Poetry
Length: 248 pages (pb)
Publication date: October 2017

Canada English rights, Simon & Schuster Canada
UK, ANZ & India English rights, Simon & Schuster UK
US English rights, Andrews McMeel Publishing
World Albanian rights, Pema
Portuguese throughout Brazil rights, Planeta Brasil
World Catalan rights, Empuries
World Croatian rights, Stilus
World Dutch rights, Orlando
World Finnish rights, Sammakko
World German rights, Fischer Kinder
World Korean, Bakha
World Italian rights, TEA/Mauri Spagnol
World Polish rights, Wydawnictwo Otwarte
Portuguese throughout Portugal rights, Lua de Papel
World Romanian rights, Cartea Romaneasca
World Serbian rights, Nova Knjiga
World Slovenian rights, Mladinska Knjiga Zalozba
World Spanish rights, Planeta Espasa
World Swedish rights, Modernista
World Turkish rights, Pegasus

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.


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Rupi Kaur is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said—draw your heart out. Rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey. After completing her degree in rhetoric and professional writing, she published her first collection of poems, milk and honey, in 2015, which quickly became an international bestseller. It graced the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, selling over 1.5 million copies. milk and honey has been translated into over 23 languages. Her long-awaited untitled second collection continues her exploration with themes of love, loss, trauma, healing, and femininity. Along with writing and illustrating, Rupi has performed her poetry across the world. Her photography and art direction are warmly embraced and her poetry and prose are breaking international boundaries.