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Best-selling author to stop at Town and Country Public Library

ELBURN – New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed just released the young adult book "Love, Hate and Other Filters."

Ahmed’s debut novel has quickly garnered acclaim from literary critics and teen readers alike, a news release stated. From Los Angeles, Calif., to Cambridge, Mass., Ahmed has stopped at book stores across the country to discuss her novel and sign copies. Ahmed is returning home to Chicago after her cross-country book tour and her very last stop is the Town and Country Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25, the release stated.

Even though "Love, Hate and Other Filters" is the first book Ahmed has written, the book was awaited prior to publication, the release stated. The book released in January.

The book chronicles the journey of 17-year-old Maya Aziz as she grapples with young adult life, Islamophobia and cultural divides between parents and peers, the release stated. Ahmed, who grew up as a member of the first South Asian Muslim family in her town, has always had a deep understanding of being seen as different.

“I wanted to give a voice to that life,” Ahmed said in an interview with Book Riot, the release stated. “One where you have a foot in each of your different worlds, where you struggle to put all those pieces together to make a whole.”

Ahmed’s portrayal of main character Maya as a resilient, second-generation Muslim-American teen has been widely praised, the release stated. Jill Ratzan, a reviewer at BookPage, applauded Ahmed’s portrayal of Maya, noting that Ahmed brings “an authentic new voice to Muslim-American literature for young adults.” Fellow New York Times best-selling author Sandhya Menon echoes Ratzan, commending Ahmed for tackling “weighty issues with thoughtfulness and flair,” adding that he was “completely swept away.”

Interested readers can reserve a copy of "Love, Hate and Other Filters" through the library or purchase the book online and find out why the School Library Journal has declared "Love, Hate and Other Filters" a recommended read for young adults, the release stated.

Fans are encouraged to register and reserve a seat at this exclusive, one-time-only author visit. Registration can be completed at the programs and events calendar page on the library’s website at www.elburn.lib.il.us or over the phone at 630-365-2244.

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