Bookmarks Presents Ishmael Beah
Bookmarks is proud to present Ishmael Beah, the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER.
On tour for his new novel, LITTLE FAMILY, this event will be ticketed and include a signed copy of the book.
Signed First Editions Club members will have first access to this event as LITTLE FAMILY is our May book choice. SFEC members may reserve their space and purchase one additional ticket beginning March 2.
Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning March 9. Tickets are $30 and include a signed copy of the book and all taxes and fees.
A book signing will follow Beah's talk.
All ticket sales are final.
About LITTLE FAMILY:
A powerful novel about young people in a conflict-scarred land, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together.
Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country's chaos. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids--athletic, pragmatic Ndevui; thoughtful Kpindi; and especially their newest member, Namsa--safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the "beautiful people"--the fortunate sons and daughters of the powerful--the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.
A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we're dealt, Little Family marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice.
About Ishmael Beah:
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; an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. His book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in 2007. Time magazine named the book as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it at number three.
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