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ISHMAEL BEAH - Radiance of Tomorrow
Wednesday, Januray 29 at 7PM
Bestselling Author of A Long Way Gone
speaking & signing
Radiance of Tomorrow
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are only required for the signing portion of the event.
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When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers. Now Beah has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.
center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two
longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil
war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more
villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new
community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset
by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape,
and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent
on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with
electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore
order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and
Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.
ISHMAEL BEAH was born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vespertine Press, LIT, Parabola, and numerous academic journals. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War, a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee, president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation, and an activist with numerous other human rights groups. His book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages. Ishmael Beah is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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