One of my professors shared an announcement about an author visiting Albany that I thought a lot of students would be interested in. Author Aisha Saeed will be coming to Albany on Wednesday, November 6th. She is going to be giving a talk at 7 pm at the Albany Public Library on Washington Avenue.
Aisha Saeed is an author of young adult and children’s books. She is going to be a part of The New York State Writers Institute’s “Visiting Writers Series” promoted by The University at Albany. It is an exciting event because Saeed is a New York Times bestselling author and has released Far From Agrabah this year as part of Disney’s Aladdin franchise. Saeed is a great author to have visit Albany because of her contribution to the diverse experiences among members of the community.
Aisha Saeed is a Pakistani-American writer and helped start a nonprofit organization called We Need Diverse Books. The organization’s website says that it aims to advocate “essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”
I think a lot of Saint Rose students could benefit from attending this author talk at the Albany Library. It’s also very close to campus and free! It is certainly relevant for any English majors and education majors. Aisha Saeed’s perspective on the positive changes being made in literature will be inspiring to hear since she is one of the authors making an impact. She is an advocate for education and empowerment of females. Her contribution to children’s books with strong female protagonists sends young girls the message that they are worthy and capable of achieving anything in life. For more information about Aisha Saeed and the details about the event, click here for the page that my professor shared with my class.
About the writer: Meghan Tompkins is a junior at The College of Saint Rose who is majoring in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education.