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Hay Festival: Ilhan Omar talks to Jon Snow

A festival exclusive to launch the memoir of one of America's most charistmatic and heroic politicians, Ilhan Omar, who joins us live from Washington in conversation with the Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow.

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Thursday 28th May, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

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About the Event

A festival exclusive to launch the memoir of one of America's most charistmatic and heroic politicians, Ilhan Omar, who joins us live from Washington in conversation with the Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow.


Ilhan Omar's career is a collection of historic firsts: she is the first refugee, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Against a xenophobic and divisive administration, she has risen to global fame as a powerful voice in the Democratic Party's new progressive chorus of congresswomen of colour.

This Is What America Looks Like is a tale of the aspirations, disappointments, successes and surprises in the life of an immigrant and Muslim in the US today. This is Omar's story told on her own terms: from a childhood in Mogadishu and four long years at a Kenyan refugee camp, to her arrival in America--penniless and speaking only Somali--through her triumphant election to the US House of Representatives and her journey beyond.

In the face of merciless slander and constant attacks from opponents in both parties, Omar continues to speak up for her beliefs. Courageous, hopeful and defiant, her memoir is marked by her irrepressible spirit, even in the darkest of times.

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

About the Book

This Is What America Looks Like
This Is What America Looks Like

Ilhan Omar, Rebecca Paley

Publisher:C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd

Publication date:28 May 2020

ISBN:9781787383418

4.67 out of 5
4 reviews
"Ilhan Omar rejects the usual story of finding the American dream, and complicates the narrative surrounding her."
New Statesman
"If you’re looking for the perfect antidote to the perpetual tweetstorm of insanity and hatred from Donald Trump, try this beautiful new book"
The Guardian
"Ilhan Omar charts her journey from an African refugee camp to become the first American-Somali woman elected to Congress"
Irish Times
"The Minnesota congresswoman is reclaiming her narrative"
Vogue

Ilhan Omar's career is a collection of historic firsts: she is the first refugee, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Against a xenophobic and divisive administration, she has risen to global fame as a powerful voice in the Democratic Party's new progressive chorus of congresswomen of colour.

 

This Is What America Looks Like is a tale of the aspirations, disappointments, successes and surprises in the life of an immigrant and Muslim in the US today. This is Omar's story told on her own terms: from a childhood in Mogadishu and four long years at a Kenyan refugee camp, to her arrival in America--penniless and speaking only Somali--through her triumphant election to the US House of Representatives and her journey beyond.

 

In the face of merciless slander and constant attacks from opponents in both parties, Omar continues to speak up for her beliefs. Courageous, hopeful and defiant, her memoir is marked by her irrepressible spirit, even in the darkest of times.