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"What Strange Paradise" Author Joins NWS Thursday

Nov. 18, 2021

Award-winning author and journalist Omar El Akkad will join the National Writers Series for a virtual event at 7pm this Thursday, Nov. 18 to discuss his bestselling second novel, “What Strange Paradise.” El Akkad was recently awarded the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize for "What Strange Paradise." He has reported from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and many other locations around the world and earned Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ, and other newspapers and magazines.

Guest host for the event is celebrated Bangladeshi-American writer and journalist Nargis Hakim Rahman. Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, she is a reporter and producer for WDET 101.9 FM.

To read more about El Akkad, his background, and writings, click here.

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