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Samira Ahmed on Fiction, Fantasy, and Books to Inspire Hope (ages 12–adult)
June 17 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min
Join us at the Library for
Samira Ahmed on Fiction, Fantasy, and Books to Inspire Hope
Join us for a special event with author Samira Ahmed, in discussion with teen community members, to talk about her writing, her novels and short stories, and her writing process. An audience Q&A will follow, and then Samira Ahmed will be available to sign books.
Please join us for light refreshments and drinks after the event, courtesy of the Library. Books will be available for purchase at this event courtesy of The Red Wheelbarrow bookstore.
This event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. Visitors are expected to familiarize themselves with the Rules and Code of Conduct so that we can provide a pleasant library environment for all Library users.
About Samira Ahmed:
Samira Ahmed is the New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author of the young adult novels Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, and the forthcoming Hollow Fires, as well as the Amira & Hamza middle grade fantasy series. She is the first South Asian Muslim writer of the popular Marvel Comics superhero, Ms. Marvel. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in publications and anthologies including The New York Times, Who Will Speak for America, Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Vampires Never Get Old, and A Universe of Wishes.
Born in Bombay India and raised in Batavia, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library in her small hometown nestled in an oversized armchair next to an old Victorian fireplace with her nose in an Agatha Christie novel or re-reading Little Women, hoping that Jo would somehow end up with Laurie this time. Samira always loved to write—especially poetry—but never actually dreamed of becoming a writer until she was an adult and an idea for a story captured her imagination and wouldn’t let go.
She received her BA and MAT from the University of Chicago and went on to teach high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and the New York City Public Schools. After she left the classroom, she worked in education non-profits, helping to create more than seventy small high schools in New York City and fought to secure billions of dollars in public school funding throughout New York State. Samira’s work is often informed by her own encounters with racism, the alarming rise in hate crimes throughout the United States, and her steadfast belief in the power of hope and human connection.
Questions about this event can be sent to the Library’s Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager, Celeste Rhoads: email@example.com.
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