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Join us for a presentation by author Omar El Akkad, with audience Q&A and book signing to follow.
In his audacious and powerful debut novel, Omar El Akkad depicts a dystopian world in which America has been beset by flooding linked to climate change, the president has banned the use of fossil fuels, and a weakened America sees new empires in China and the Middle East meddling in its affairs.
Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only 6 when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.
Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Services Agency and coordinated by Library Strategies Consulting Group, is funded by Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.