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Ishmael Beah, Radiance of Tomorrow

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

The bestselling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier will be in conversation with Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist. Ishmael Beah, a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War, has been called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature.” (Dave Eggers) In his haunting, beautiful first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, two longtime friends return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war.

"In Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah has produced a formidable and memorable novel—a story of resilience and survival, and, ultimately, rebirth." —Edwidge Danticat, Publishers Weekly

Read the Boston Globe's terrific review of Radiance of Tomorrow.

Beah's book talk and signing will be opened with a short dance movement called "Without Fear" choreographed by Santa Cruz native Harry Weston and performed by Weston, Anthony Berry, and Joanna "Jojo" Flores. The piece is an exploration of "the emotional journey we take during the grieving process...focus[ing] on anger, sadness, and we deal with them, how we move through we continue to move forward with our lives, happily, joyfully, and without fear of loss." (Harry Weston, from the program dedication for "Without Fear.")

This special offsite, ticketed event will be held at:

Santa Cruz High School Theater, 415 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, California


This event is co-sponsored by The Santa Cruz Education Foundation.