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National Book Festival

Sierra Leone-born Ishmael Beah gained worldwide fame with his memoir, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Soldier Boy,” which recounted his experiences as a child soldier in his country’s nearly 11-year civil war. During that time, Beah was forced to join a military unit, where he was brainwashed. Time magazine called the book one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 2007. Beah’s new book is a novel, “Radiance of Tomorrow” (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux). The war in Sierra Leone saw 70,000 people killed and more than 2 million displaced from their homes. “Radiance of Tomorrow” is about two friends’ return to their hometown.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Ishmael Beah

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