Watch Now! Open Book: Omar El Akkad

Watch as journalist and bestselling author Omar El Akkad, opens a new window discusses his novels American War and What Strange Paradise. American War won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. What Strange Paradise tells the story of a young boy, Amir, who survives a dangerous sea crossing on a dilapidated refugee ship, and Vanna, a teenage girl who is determined to help him to safety. 

Recorded on September 15, 2021.

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