Student Diversity and Inclusion Services Book Club

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Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the J-Term book club, which will be reading and discussing INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed during four sessions.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Anderson Student Center, Iversen Hearth Room (ASC 340)

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services is offering its annual J-Term book club again to all St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff. The pick for the upcoming J-Term 2020 session is Samira Ahmed's Internment, an March 2019 Book of the Month. St. Thomas students who register for the book club in ASC 224 will receive a free copy of the book.

The club will meet for four Wednesday's from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (January 8, 15, 22, 29).

Story Synopsis
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
Born in Bombay India and raised outside of Chicago, 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 thistime. 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 is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and the forthcoming Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know (April 2020).

These days, Samira lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.

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