Muslim American science fiction-fantasy author to speak at GRCC



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Nov. 19, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s library will host an evening with Saladin Ahmed, an award-winning science fiction-fantasy author.

Ahmed’s presentation — “Writing Muslim American Fantasy: A Reading and Talk” — starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the second floor of GRCC’s library, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. A question-and-answer session with refreshments will follow the talk, where Ahmed’s book will be available for purchase.

Ahmed grew up in Dearborn and has a bachelor’s degree in American culture from the University of Michigan and master’s degrees in creative writing from Brooklyn College and in English from Rutgers. He has taught writing at universities and colleges for more than 10 years. He won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy awards.

“This is an opportunity for GRCC students and employees, and those across West Michigan interested in the Muslim experience or writing science fiction-fantasy, to experience something of Mr. Ahmed’s broad interests and creative undertakings,” said Patricia Ingersoll, GRCC library director.

Ahmed’s appearance is part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Muslim Journeys Bookshelf initiative. GRCC was one of 842 U.S. libraries and state humanities councils selected for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures initiative. GRCC received a collection of books, films and other resources designed to broaden understanding of the complex history and culture of the Muslim people.

“We are so pleased to bring this exciting collection to GRCC and to share it with our community,” said Ingersoll. “It’s both an honor and an opportunity for us to lead an exploration of the content.”

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation. On-campus parking is available in the Bostwick parking ramp at the college’s regular rates.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.