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Posted on: July 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Meet Saadia! Renowned Children's Author to Visit Rock Island

Image of Saadia Farqui, visiting author with covers of "Meet Yasmin", "Rani's Remarkable

Acclaimed children’s author Saadia Faruqi will visit the Rock Island Public Library's Watts-Midtown Branch on July 12 in one of several presentations made possible by the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series.

Meet Renowned Author Saadia Faruqui July 12 at Rock Island Public Library 

As part of the library’s “Find Your Voice” summer reading programming, accomplished author Saadia Faruqui will speak at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 12 at the Rock Island Library’s Watts-Midtown Branch auditorium, 2715 30th Street. Her author visit is open to all ages, and is made possible by the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist series.

Saadia is a Pakistani American author and interfaith activist. She is the author of the popular early reader series “Yasmin,” and a new picture book “Rani’s Remarkable Day,” along with multiple chapter books, middle grade novels, and graphic novels. Her middle-grade novels include “A Place At The Table” co-written with Laura Shovan (a Sydney Taylor Notable 2021), “A Thousand Questions” (a South Asia Book Award Honor 2021) and “Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero” She is also editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose, and was featured in Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and children

In addition to the Rock Island Library, Saadia Faruqi will appear at several locations during the week of July 10. More local events with Saadia are listed at the Quad City Arts Events page. For a list of her books, please visit her author page. 

The Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series makes the arts accessible by bringing programs directly to schools and community centers, such as libraries. For more news about events and services at the Rock Island Public Library, visit the library website, follow library social media, or call 309-732-READ.

Find Your Voice this summer with reading and events for all ages, June 1 through July 31 at the Rock Island Public Library Downtown Library, Southwest Branch, Watts-Midtown Branch, and Library2Go locations. 

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