Ishmael Beah

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Ishmael Beah, born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.The book has been published in over 40 languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007. Time Magazine named the book as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction books of 2007, ranking at number 3. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine,Vespertine Press and LIT and Parabola magazines. He is a UNICEF advocate for Children Affected by War, a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee, Advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Co–Founder of The Network for Young People Affected by War (NYPAW), and President of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations and many panels on the effect of war on children. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio with a B.A in Political Science. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York City.