VIRTUAL - Omar El Akkad | What Strange Paradise

Thu, July 22, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Cost: FREE


Omar El Akkad is the author of American War, a “poignant and horrifying” (Washington Post) dystopian novel that imagines a future civil war born from the U.S.’s current destructive policies and impulses. It was an international bestseller, translated into 13 languages, and named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, NPR, and Esquire. Also an acclaimed journalist, El Akkad earned Canada's National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists for the reporting he did from locations such as Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. His new novel tells the story of the international refugee crisis through the experiences of Amir, a Syrian boy who washes up on the shore of a small island.

Books with signed book plates will be available from the Joseph Fox Bookshop

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