Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
in the All Saints Church Forum
discusses & signs
Radiance of Tomorrow
Next week, we will have the pleasure of hosting Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solidier, for his debut novel, Radiance of Tomorrow. A Long Way Gone recounts the horrific experiences of child soldiers during Sierra Leone’s civil war, and how, at just 13 years old, Beah had been taken by the government army and forced to perform unspeakable acts as a child soldier himself. In his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah presents a telling and heartbreaking view of post-war life in Sierra Leone through the eyes of Benjamin and Bockerie, friends who return to their hometown in the aftermath of the war. As they attempt to reassemble their war-torn city and recover a sense of community, the two must face terrible obstacles and question both their past and future.
“I really admire the uncompromising bravery of this book. Ishmael Beah has written a novel that moves between forms— part fable, part family epic, part poem. He doesn’t shy away from the horror, nor does he forget that the true function of storytelling is its ability to break our hearts. Reminiscent of Ben Okri and Chinua Achebe, Beah manages to lift the curtain on a world we cannot afford to flinch from.”— Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of TransAtlantic and Let the Great World Spin
– This event will be held in the All Saints Church Forum, 132 N Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 (right down the street from Vroman’s!) Get directions.
– This event is free & open to the public— no ticket necessary.
– Books by the author will be available for purchase at the event.
About the Author
Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 and is the author of Radiance of Tomorrow and the bestselling A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. He came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; a visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; a cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and the 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. He lives in New York. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Ishmael Beah Foundation
Ishmael Beah is the president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation (IBF), “a private, independent institution dedicated to helping children and youth affected by war reintegrate into society and improve their lives. The Foundation aims at creating and financing educational and vocational opportunities for children and youth who have been affected by war, so that they can be empowered to choose a life free of conflict.” (The Ishmael Beah Foundation)
For more information on the author & his books, please visit his site.
Listen to an interview with Ishmael Beah and NPR’s Renee Montagne.