Author Works: Adbi Nor Iftin - Call Me American (Online)

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“A searing memoir…that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational.”
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Acclaimed author Abdi Nor Iftin discusses the stories of survival and resilience found in his memoir Call Me American.

Born in Mogadishu to nomadic parents, Abdi Nor Iftin survived famine, war, and child soldiering. Thanks to the movies available to him, he taught himself English by watching American action films. By repeating and imitating the carefree actors, he earned himself the nickname “Abdi American”. Through guerrilla journalism, Abdi dispatched stories about his life to a series titled Messages From Mogadishu on American Public Media. His stories were short listed for Peabody Awards in 2016. These stories were later picked by NPR, the BBC and later This America.

After surviving a bombing at his house one evening in 2009, Abdi finally said goodbye to his home country and moved to Kenya where he and his brother lived as refugees. In an amazing stroke of luck, he won entrance to the U.S. in August 2014, in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America did not come easily.

Abdi Nor Iftin is a bestselling and award-winning author based in the state of Maine. Featured on CNN, NPR, NYT, Washington Post, The Boston Globe. Abdi is an advocate for refugee and immigrant rights. He is dedicated to bringing people together through his stories of survival and resilience. He is currently working on a documentary based on his memoir Call Me American.

The in-person event will include a book signing. Books available to purchase at the event. Refreshments offered.

This virtual event is part of the Brave Voices Brave Choices series, presented by Howard County Library System and sponsored by Muslim Family Center - Howard County, MD and RIVUS Consulting, Howard County, MD. We also thank Carroll County Public Library, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, and Talbot County Free Library for their support of this event. 

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This event will also take place in-person at the East Columbia Branch, with limited capacity. To register for the in-person event, click here. 

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