Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce that SEE NO STRANGER is coming out in paperback on September 7th!

You can pre-order the book here!

This book is my life’s work — a practical guide to changing the world, a synthesis of wisdom, a chronicle of personal and communal history – all joined together by a story of awakening.

It has been such an honor to bring this book into the world in the last year. I’ve met so many of you in our virtual gatherings and received your letters — your affirmation, inspiration, and energy have given this book life. Because of you, this book will have a new release!

The new cover is taken from the portrait “REBIRTH” from artist Shepard Fairey, who captured in art the Sikh wisdom that is woven into the book. The cover will also be activated by Augmented Reality. This will be the first-ever book cover activated by AR where the author comes alive and speaks to you. See how the cover comes to life below.

I invite you to order a copy for yourself — and for friends, family, and educators in your life! We have created a learning hub to accompany the book, so you can dive deep into these ideas together. And soon we will add special resources to the hub (film clips, dialogue guides, lesson plans) to go with the book for the 20 year anniversary of 9/11. So if you’ve been waiting to read the book or introduce it to your community or classroom or organization, now is the time. 

More to come as we approach September 7th. In the meantime, I am deeply grateful for all of you who have made this milestone possible. 


P.S. If you are on social media, please share the news and use the hashtag #SeeNoStranger and tag @valariekaur so I can thank you!

See the cover come to life!


Our friends at Amplifier Art used Augmented Reality to make Shepard Fairey’s “REBIRTH” portrait come to life for this book cover. SEE NO STRANGER is the first book to use this technology. When you point your phone at the cover, Valarie starts talking to you about why revolutionary love is the call of our times. You can download the app to activate your cover, too! Check it out at


About the Portrait

At the center of the portrait is a symbol of Oneness: Ik Onkar, the heart of the Sikh faith. It inspires us to look upon the face of anyone and say: “You are a part of me I do not yet know.” It is surrounded with a circle of khandas, a symbol from the Sikh faith that features double-edged swords. The khanda represents sovereignty, both within oneself and out in the world, and conveys the bravery required to fight for justice with love.In the upper left hand corner are the words See No Stranger, which is the message of Guru Nanak, the first teacher of the Sikh faith. Beneath that is Valarie Kaur’s urgent declaration that reads as a headline: Time to Reject Hierarchies of Human Value. This is what it means to see no stranger. In the upper right hand corner, the heart and fist is inspired by the logo of the Revolutionary Love Project and captures the power of revolutionary love in practice.

This portrait by Shepard Fairey was originally commissioned for Amplifier Art’s REFRAME campaign.

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Valarie Kaur’s inspirational book SEE NO STRANGER is rooted in radical honesty, vulnerability, and fierce commitment to building a world in which we all belong. Her powerful memoir offers a reliable moral compass guided by revolutionary love.
— Michelle Alexander, civil rights advocate and author of
The New Jim Crow

A soulful memoir mined in the stories of race, gender, Sikh wisdom and love — where the personal and political merge and spirit and action emerge. Valarie Kaur is a visionary worker for justice and this book is her radiant offering.
— V (formerly Eve Ensler), playwright, activist and founder of V-Day

A beautifully written exposé of activism, rebirth and “revolutionary love” that is much needed for all readers in our current times.” Library Journal Starred Review

“Valarie Kaur is a prophetic voice of our generation. Her wisdom ignites and inspires me, lighting the way through the darkness.” — America Ferrera, actress, activist, organizer

Valarie Kaur is a revolutionary for justice who shows us how to labor for the world we dream. — William J. Barber, II, minister and political activist

Here is an antidote to so much of our shared human pain. In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom and show up to the labor with bravery — and revolutionary love. Stunning, timely, and timeless.”  Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love 

See No Stranger is achingly beautiful – dangerously beautiful.   Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core

This book and the woman who gave birth to it have so much to offer the struggle for peace and justice as we move into a most complex and crucial century. Open up your heart as you open these pages and let yourself be inspired and invigorated by the way Ms. Kaur breaks it down.
— Ani DiFranco, singer, songwriter and author of
No Walls and the Recurring Dream

Valarie Kaur writes prose like poetry…and places in our hands this gift for the urgent now we face in the challenges of our times. — John Paul Lederach, author of the Moral Imagination

A MUST READ for all of us who struggle to create a society of inclusion and care beyond boundaries. — Sister Simone Campbell, founder of NETWORK

Valarie Kaur has written a book of remarkable courage and deep insight. This is a book for our shattered souls and our battered world. This is a book that takes seriously the power of both hate and love, while leading us insistently toward love.
— Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and Editor-at-Large for ZORA

Valarie Kaur, with brilliance and passion, offers us the most needed and pure medicine for our times: a call to awaken from “us” and “them”, and dedicate ourselves to all inclusive, wise loving. The intimate, raw stories in SEE NO STRANGER will break and awaken your heart; the profound teachings and compelling vision will inspire you to serve and savor our precious world.
— Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion