Downtown Bend: Writers Reading - Omar El Akkad

Sunday, October 14, 2018
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Omar El Akkad explores the second Civil War in "American War."

Omar El Akkad explores the second Civil War in "American War," the 2018 Oregon Book Award Fiction Winner. Set in the year 2075, this is a chilling debut that explores a frightening depiction of America as a land of refugee tents and baked, scorched earth.

Q & A and book signing to follow. Books sold by Dudley's Bookshop.

Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in Doha, Qatar, before moving to Canada. He worked as a journalist at The Globe and Mail, and his coverage of a 2006 terror plot earned him a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Reporting. His other journalistic work includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantánamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He has also received the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions. He is a graduate of Queen's University. He now lives with his wife in the woods just south of Portland, Oregon.

Omar El Akkad
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American War, by Omar El Akkad
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Adult Program
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