Recently I had the opportunity to attend a local library Author Talk; the author being Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian born Muslim woman of Egyptian/Palestinian heritage. Although familiar with her books in our library collection, I knew very little of her as an Author and Human Rights advocate.
Randa Abdel-Fattah has published 13 books and wrote the first draft of her debut novel ‘Does my head look big in this?’ while still in high school. Although rejected by the many publishing companies she approached, she took on board their constructive criticisms, and later rewrote and successfully published this title; the first of her many books.
It was interesting to hear her story of identity, politics, racism and prejudice, and how although her novels are fiction, they are based on her own personal experiences and those of her friends and family. She was inspiring to listen to and very gracious in personally signing the College Library copies of her books.
I urge you all to take advantage of opportunities such as these.
Sue Harradine - The College Library