Omar El Akkad

Tuesday, February 13 at 7 PM

Saint Paul Public Library – Saint Anthony Park
2245 Como Avenue, Saint Paul

Egyptian-Canadian novelist Omar El Akkad is the pen behind 2017’s breakout fiction debut, American War. Set in a future America laid waste by climate change, plague, and civil war, El Akkad’s dystopian future offers uncanny and uncomfortable parallels to our present. El Akkad’s “unsparing war reporting style” (The New York Times) is informed by his background as a journalist. He cut his teeth reporting for The Globe and Mail, where he covered the War in Afghanistan, military trials at Guantanamo Bay, and the Arab Spring in Egypt. Critics and readers alike compare American War favorably to Cormac McCarthy’s seminal The Road. Indeed, The New York Times commends it as the perfect dystopian read for the divided, divisive America of today. “Whether read as a cautionary tale of partisanship run amok, or an allegory of past conflicts… the only comfort this story offers is that it’s a work of fiction. For the time being, anyway.” Vintage rereleased the bestseller in paperback in January.

 

A podcast of Akkad’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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