Friday, April 25, 2008

Mayor's Book Club Finale!

Ishmael Beah, author of the Mayor's Book Club selection A Long Way Gone : Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier, visited McCallum High School this morning. Four hundred students listened attentively and asked thoughtful questions about his experiences as a child soldier and subsequent rehabilitation. In the end, the students wanted to know how they could help in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world. He urged the students to approach everyday life with patience and understanding rather than to give in to anger and violence. He also encouraged everyone to learn about other cultures, even before tragedy attracts the world's attention. He believes it is ultimately up to each of us to discover how to best use our talents to improve these situations around the world.

The Mayor's Book Club finale continues this evening at City Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for food, music, and a discussion with the author. Books will be available for sale and signing after the program. Also don't miss our list of related books and films!

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