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Author Of The Month

Halima Hagi-Mohamed will speak Saturday, Feb. 3, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library.

Halima Hagi-Mohamed was born in Nairobi, Kenya to Somali parents. She was raised in Fresno, California and is the second youngest of nine children. Hagi-Mohamed has been writing since the young age of twelve. She got her start by writing on popular story sharing website Wattpad and later ventured into writing fictional stories about life in the Somali diaspora. In 2010, she won the online Pen Writing Competition, placing first in her division. In her free time, she likes to read and write fiction. “Amilah” is her first book.

In Arabic, the word “Amilah” translates into the act of being hopeful. In dark times, we find ease in giving up, and giving into our own gloom and despair. Even through these dark times, we find glimmers of hope. These glimmers are what inspired Halima to write Amilah. “Amilah” is a book of fictional short stories that explores difficult situations in the lives of various Somali Americans. From a young woman combating the negative stigma of having depression in her family, to a young man faced with the echoes of an ugly past. In Amilah, characters are faced with either succumbing to defeat or seeking hope. “Amilah” is a look into how hope can play an important role in the lives of the dejected and ever despairing.

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