Ishmael Beah
Author, "A Long Way Gone" & "Radiance of Tomorrow"
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Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times best-selling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

His Memoir has been published in over 40 languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007. TIME Magazine named the book as one of the “Top 10 Nonfiction books of 2007,” ranking at number 3. His novel written with the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable is a powerful book about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Already available in several foreign languages, the New York Times finds in his writing an “allegorical richness” and a “remarkable humanity to his [Beah’s] characters”.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, TIME magazine, International Herald Tribune, Globe & Mail, Rutgers University Press, Vespertine Press, LIT, The Guardian, Parabola magazines and numerous academic journals.

He is based in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and children.

Speech Topics

  • A Long Way Gone: A Story of Redemption and Hope
  • Human Rights
  • Literature, Reading and Creative Writing Workshops
  • Conflict Resolution
  • International Politics
Official Site
A Long Way Gone
Radiance of Tomorrow
Article: Beah Hails South Sudan's Former Child Soldiers as Future Leaders
Article: Beah Witnesses Impact of Conflict on Children in South Sudan
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