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Author Talk with Abdi Nor Iftin

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.

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Posted by on 25 July 2021 in News


“The Stories We Tell: Freedom and Equity in Peacham” QUEST EXTENDED

The Peacham Library and the Peacham Historical Association are once again partners, creating another unique summertime activity. “The Stories We Tell: Freedom and Equity in
Peacham”, is a scavenger hunt-style quest that can be completed on foot or by car. Each quest stop will explore the history of sites in Peacham Village, offering historical insights into how race and racism were addressed in Peacham, as well as in the larger context of Vermont.

The quest will be on view July 3rd through August 1, 2021. It begins at the Peacham Library (656 Bayley Hazen Road, Peacham, Vermont 05862) and includes 14 stops throughout the greater Peacham Corner area. Questers are advised to follow the Quest in the order of sites listed, but may also visit the sites at any time in any order, gathering clues as they go to solve a puzzle. Once questers have visited all sites, they may submit their response to the Peacham Library to collect a prize at the Peacham Cafe.

The Peacham Library and the Peacham Historical Association were inspired by the national racial reckoning of 2020 to share this very relevant history. “Peacham villagers have engaged with the concept of race in many ways over the past. Sometimes they were courageous beyond description, and sometimes they fell far short.” says Johanna Branson, member of the boards of the Peacham Historical Association and the Peacham Library. “We used the quieter time during the pandemic to do research, and have much new, fascinating information to share.”

“Too often, explorations of race in majority white communities like Peacham gloss over the very real damage and harm caused by racism. It’s important to explore these activities both in a historical context, as well as to consider the contemporary implications.” says Gillian Sewake, President of the Peacham Library board. “We are pleased that our annual meeting speaker will further highlight the themes from this year’s quest, while also celebrating the role of a BIPOC Vermonter who shaped our state’s history.”

Solve the Quest, win a prize!

If you would like to receive a prize for your completion of the Quest, please copy down the highlighted single letter from each historical sign. Unscramble them and use the form on the back of the map to write down the mystery phrase. You may submit your results to the library in person or via email (, or drop off your answer in the box on the bulletin board at the library. Make sure that you include your name and contact information with your answer (you can also submit your answer online here.). All who complete the Quest will be entitled to a small prize from the Peacham Café. Just give the Peacham Café your name, which will be at the counter on a list. Prizes will be available starting August 3, after the quest ends. (If you submitted your answer before July 19, you may claim your free beverage now!)

You can also submit your answer online here.

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