Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tonight in Cleveland (1/14): Lost Boy of Sudan poetry/memoir reading at Mac's Backs

One of the coolest literary events Cleveland has had in a long time takes place tonight and, well, it is all the end result of spectacular coincidence. Cleveland poet and poetry publisher Bree, who I first met when she worked at my favorite bookstore in town, met through a new job a few of the displaced Lost Boys of Sudan. As she got to know them, she learned that they had a love of the written word in common, and the friendship that resulted eventually resulted in a book on Bree's Green Panda Press, Sleeping with the Sun in His Eyes: A Lost Boy at Home in the World. The book covers the war-ravaged experience one of the Lost Boys, Akol Ayii Madut, had in his home country Sudan and the subsequent refugee experience he and his fellow Lost Boys have had in the US. The reading and booksigning takes place tonight at 7 PM. For more information, call Mac's Backs (1820 Coventry Road) at 216-321-BOOK.

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