Cleveland Rights Readers @ Mac’s Backs
Sunday | 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Cleveland Rights Readers, a book club sponsored by Amnesty International that reads books exploring human rights issues will meet at Mac’s on Sunday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
The book club will discuss Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. Beah is the author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier that recounted the civil strife in Sierra Leone and his role in the war. It was an unforgettable portrayal and now he has published a novel about what it is like to return to an area that had been a war zone. Ishmael Beah will be at the Parma-Snow branch of theCuyahoga County Library on Monday, March 17th at 7 p.m. Register on the library website.
At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
Ishmael Beah came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a member of Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations on several occasions. He lives in New York City