Abdi Nor Iftin: Canisius Contemporary Writer Series Categories: Other Local Events Timelines: 1b: Past Events (Unseen Archive), 2: Canisius Contemporary Writers Series
Montante Cultural Center
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208
Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
“Iftin’s extraordinary saga is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatred.”
As a child in war-torn Mogadishu, Abdi Nor Iftin learned English by watching American action movies. His love of American culture was so great he became known as “Abdi American.” His dispatches from Somalia were featured on the BBC’s World Service and NPR’s This American Life. As life in Somalia grew more dangerous, he fled to Kenya, and eventually won entrance to the United States through the Diversity Visa Lottery. His memoir, Call Me American, earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, and was named an ALA Notable Book of the Year.
The reading will be followed by a question and answer period, reception, and book-signing.