Writing Muslim American Fantasy: Saladin Ahmed [video]

 

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

On Thursday November 21, Grand Rapids Community College Library in sponsership with Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, were pleased to present Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon. Ahmed’s talk covered on what it means to be a Muslim writing in America today, the discussion of otherness, and he also read from his various works. The YouTube video above is Ahmed’s complete talk. You can also view pictures from the event on our Flickr.

If you’re interested in his work, Ahmed’s debut novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, is available from the library. You can also check out Ahmed’s website for a complete list of his work available online and in print.

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Banned Books Week: How to celebrate

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By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

One of the great things about Banned Books Week is that you can celebrate it in a variety of different ways and participation levels. The easiest, of course, is just read banned books! GRCC library has a large selection of classic titles that were once challenged and or banned in digital and print formats.

Once you have your list of banned books you’ve read or ones you want to read, why not blog about it?

Another option to participate is in a Virtual Read Out / Celebrity Virtual Read Out by reading a passage or a chapter from a banned book and uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo or any other video service. Don’t forget to tag it with #bannedbooksweek and share it.

If getting in front of the camera is not your thing, what about getting behind the camera by watching Google+ Hangouts with banned authors. Every day this week a new hangout with a famous banned author will be live on Google+.

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Banned Books Week 2013

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By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

It’s the beginning of Banned Books Week! One of my favorite holidays for it celebrates the freedom to read and draws attention to the increasing problem of censorship. To participate in Banned Books Week, the library will have guest posts from staff and students celebrating their love of reading by nominating their favorite banned book through the week and also through the month of October. In addition, we’ll be curating boards on Pinterest and photosets on Tumblr.

If you are a student or staff at Grand Rapids Community College, you can participate by emailing me your favorite title, author, along with a paragraph or two of why this is your favorite banned book.

Curious about what books have been challenged? Here is a list of challenged books from the last decade and challenged classics. You can also peruse through our posts previous years to see what others are saying writing about banned and challenged books for inspiration.

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Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Poetry Night, April 24 at 7PM at the library

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By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

GRCC Library is pleased to present, “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Poetry Night,” a night of poetry showcasing the diversity of Islam, Muslim lives, arts, and culture. The event, located on the 2nd floor of the library, will begin at 7PM. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact please contact Lisa Rabey.

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