Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah


Ishmael Beah’s first book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than 40 languages. He is also a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee. His forthcoming book Little Family is on sale from Riverhead Books in April 2020.

Buy Ishmael Beah’s latest book, Little Family, on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda

Events with Ishmael Beah

[CANCELED] Ishmael Beah Speaks with Alexis Okeowo

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

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