Author Nurrudin Farah to speak at the Main Library



Cambridge Public Library is pleased to announce that author, Nurrudin Farah, will speak at the Main Library on October 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Farah will speak as part of the Our Path Forward series, a lecture series addressing contemporary and controversial issues in the health of our democracy. Nuruddin Farah is the author of eleven novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. He was won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, widely regarded as the most prestigious international literary award after the Nobel Prize.

Many of Farah’s books explore the history and politics of his native Somalia, the corruption of the political elite and the failures of the Somali revolution.  In his latest novel, North of Dawn, Farah tackles the issue of radical Islam, a defining issue in his life and the lives of Somalis at home and abroad.  Farah’s sister, a UN Diplomat, was killed in a Taliban-led bombing in Kabul in 2014. In the 1990s, a power vacuum created by the collapse of a dictatorial regime in Somalia, was quickly filled by the Islamic Courts. Today the dominant political power in Somalia is the notorious Al Shabbab, an off-shoot of the Courts