This program will be held at Peacham Congregational Church
Author Abdi Nor Iftin Of “Call Me American” (Knopf 2018), will be a guest presenter for The Peacham Library, Peacham Vermont Sunday July 25th at 4:00pm at the Peacham Congregational Church.
Abdi’s book “Call Me American” is available for purchase at Green Mountain Books in Lyndonville Vermont prior to his presentation for reading. Books will also be available after Abdi’s talk for purchase and signing. Please reserve a copy for pick up the day of the talk by calling Green Mountain Books and Prints at (802) 626-5051. Abdi’s book is available also in a young adult format.
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 shortlisted 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—ending in a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi—did not come easily.
Now 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 program has been moved to the Peacham Congregational Meeting House as attendee numbers indicate it necessary for the larger venue.