Samira Ahmed

‘When Childhood Is Shattered.’ Samira Ahmed on Writing Fiction Based on Real Incidents of Racism Against Kids

As editor of her high school newspaper in Batavia, Ill.—a small town about an hour west of Chicago— Samira Ahmed got used to asking tough questions. The paper was where she first thought deeply about flawed notions of objectivity. And it’s part of what influenced the dogged nature of the protagonist of her new young-adult novel, Hollow Fires, set to publish on May 10.
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Samira Ahmed, AB’93, MAT’93, named UChicago’s 2022 Class Day speaker

New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed, AB’93, MAT’93, has been named the invited speaker for the University of Chicago's Class Day ceremony on Friday, June 3. The celebration kicks off Convocation weekend and will amplify the accomplishments of graduating students in the College, while underscoring the importance of their resilience during times of uncertainty.

Samira Ahmed: ‘I gave the V sign to a rude driver – it turned out to be a police car’

Born in London, Samira Ahmed, 53, began her career as a BBC trainee and rose to present news, current affairs and arts programmes on radio and television. In 2020, she won the Broadcasting Press Guild’s audio broadcaster of the year for Front Row on Radio 4 and her podcast How I Found My Voice. In January 2020, she won a landmark sex discrimination employment tribunal against the BBC for equal pay on the television show Newswatch. She features in Tamesis Street: Thirty Authors Tell One Story of a Climate Disaster, available through ShelterBox Book Club. She lives in London and has two children.

Samira Ahmed Discusses Taking Ms. Marvel Beyond the Limit

Kamala Khan is embarking on a new adventure in Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit, a five-issue miniseries from New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed (Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Internment, Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know) and Runaways artist Andrés Genolet. The future MCU hero finds herself mixed up in a multiverse adventure that introduces many different variants of the young hero. Ahmed, who admits she's a huge Ms. Marvel fan, makes her Marvel Comics debut with the miniseries. Known for crafting compelling young adult novels with diverse protagonists, Ahmed talked to about the reaction to the comic, diving into the Marvel multiverse, Ms. Marvel's powers, and more.

Young Adult and Marvel comic writer Samira Ahmed has characters who go on wild journeys

CHICAGO — Samira Ahmed once owned a golden ball. It was actually rubber with gold-colored flecks, but for the sake of storytelling, picture a gold ball, magic, one of a kind. Certainly, she liked to believe this. Her parents planted a grove of lilac trees in their backyard in Batavia and Samira would roll her golden orb between the trunks, opening a portal into strange worlds. Think Narnia, “A Wrinkle in Time,” the rune-carved doorways of J.R.R. Tolkien. She read them all. She was that most typical of pop-smitten ‘70s children. She was devoted to “Star Wars.” Also, Linda Carter on “Wonder Woman.” They shared a lot in common. Wonder Woman had dark hair — so did Samira! Wonder Woman was an immigrant — Samira was born in Bombay!