Chicago Novelist On Islamophobia And Teen Literature
Samira Ahmed’s family was the first Indian-American Muslim family to move into the western suburb of Batavia, Illinois. Her experiences navigating adolescence as a Muslim immigrant there, particularly after September 11, inspired her new young adult novel, Love, Hate & Other Filters. Set in the same suburb but in the present day, this timely novel explores the life of an immigrant middle school girl whose race and religion make her an outsider. Ahmed joins us to discuss her New York Times bestselling novel and why representation in young adult literature matters.