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About Omar El Akkad
Omar El Akkad is an author and journalist. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives in the United States. His fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ and many other newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, American War, is an award winning, international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages. What Strange Paradise is also a multi-award winning novel, including winner of the 2021 Giller Prize.
About Simcoe Reads:
7 Libraries. 7 Books. 1 Winner. Barrie Public Library has joined with 6 other libraries (Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, Innisfil, Midland, New Tecumseth, and Ramara) to offer author visits all summer long as we prepare for this cover to cover competition.
About What Strange Paradise
What Strange Paradise is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair—and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality.