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Wordfest presents Omar El Akkad

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

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In the Wordfest Lab at Memorial Park Library, Omar El Akkad presents an audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle — a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. Hosted by Eric Volmers.

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.

Recent reviews:

A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War - The New York Times

Omar El Akkad's American War, reviewed: A masterful debut - Globe and Mail

How a bad day at work was the push Omar El Akkad needed - CBC

Jeff VanderMeer on the biggest dystopia of spring, 'American War' by Omar El AkkadLA Times

Why dystopian fiction is just history repeating itselfToronto Star



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