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Ishmael Beah
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
In conversation with
Louise Steinman, author and curator, ALOUD at Central Library

At age twelve, Beah (now twenty-five), fled attacking rebels in his native Sierra Leone and was picked up by the government army. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop?
Co-presented with Human Rights Watch Young Advocates

Ishmael Beah came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a member of Human Rights Watch Children's Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations on several occasions. He lives in New York City.


Children's Rights Information Network

Louise Steinman - a writer - is curator of ALOUD at Central Library and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities USC. Her most recent book, The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War, was hailed as "a graceful, understated memoir... that draws its strength from the complexities it explores." (New York Times Book Review) She is also the author of The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles; West Magazine; New York Times Syndicate; L.A. Weekly; Salon.com and other publications.

Official Website: http://www.lfla.org/aloud/php/a.calendar.bioText.php?month=04&year=2007&day=05

Added by kiracle on February 17, 2007