This Tuesday, exiled Somali writer Nuruddin Farah will appear at Talk of the Stacks. His most recent book, Crossbones (Riverhead), ties up a trilogy, this one starting with Links and continuing with Knots. The plot follows Malik, a war correspondent who journeys to his ancestral home of Somalia with his brother and father-in-law. Malik finds himself caught up in peoples' lives as soon as he arrives, risking his safety for various causes. As always with Farah's writing, it's a dense story to read through, with complex plot developments and multifaceted characters. Farah has been heralded as one of Africa's most important authors due to the significance of his feminist stories, as well as his deconstruction of the government and political unrest of Somalia. He has vowed "to keep my country alive by writing about it." The author has over 11 titles to his name, including fiction, nonfiction, and plays. He is currently spending a good amount of time in Minneapolis as the 2010-2012 Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He resides in Capetown, South Africa.
Tue., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2011