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Talk of the Stacks: Nuruddin Farah


Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall

Born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia, Nuruddin Farah is the author of 11 novels, a nonfiction book about the Somali diaspora, and numerous plays. Farah was pushed into exile by the dictator Siyad Barre long before the collapse of Somalia’s government, and he currently resides in Capetown, South Africa. He is serving as 2010-2012 Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. A celebrated “feminist” African writer, Farah tackles the controversial and complex topics of arranged marriages, patriarchal constructs, government dictatorships, and exile. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature for his trilogy (Maps, Gifts, and Secrets). His newest work, Crossbones, is the final book in his third trilogy (with Links and Knots), which imagines possible modes of a return to Somalia.

Programs is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Programs begin at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book sale and signing follow presentation. For more information: 612.543.8107.

A program of Friends of the Hennepin County Library, presented in partnership with the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Volunteer support provided by Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library. Premier sponsor: The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. Supporting sponsor: Dorsey and Whitney LLC. Additional support provided by Marquette Hotel, Minn Post and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.



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