CANADA READS 2018

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is the author of the novel American War, a Canada Reads 2018 finalist.

Author of American War, defended by Tahmoh Penikett

Omar El Akkad is the author of American War. (Courtesy of Omar El Akkad)

American War by Omar El Akkad was defended by Tahmoh Penikett on Canada Reads 2018. Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by Jeanne Beker, was the winner of Canada Reads 2018.

Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar before moving to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Mo. He is a recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award for Investigations and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions.

Interviews

The Canada Reads defenders and authors took the stage in Toronto to discuss the five books that will be championed on CBC's battle of the books from March 26-29, 2018. Here and Now's Gill Deacon hosted the event in the Glenn Gould Studio. 1:07:45
Omar El Akkad talks to Chris dela Torre about his Canada Reads shortlisted novel, American War. 5:56
The former Globe foreign correspondent on his debut novel, set in a future America devastated by war and plague. 3:54
The author of the novel "American War" on why he rereads James Agee's book. 1:55

The Canada Reads 2018 contenders

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