[CANCELED] Ishmael Beah Speaks with Alexis Okeowo

Interview
05 May 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
The Center for Fiction
15 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Ishmael Beah is best known for his memoir about being abducted as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war, A Long Way Gone. His newest novel, Little Family, follows a group of young people who try to reconstruct the family they lost as refugees inside of the crashed plane they now call home. In this interview with Alexis OkeowoThe New Yorker staff writer and author of A Moonless, Starless Sky on fighting extremism in Africa, Beah addresses some of the most important and unrelenting humanitarian crises of our age.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Alexis Okeowo
Ishmael Beah

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