Ishmael Beah - 2015 Community Book Read
Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," spoke at Lakeland College on March 31, 2015 for the second annual Lakeland College Community Book Read.
Beah spoke about his life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and read excerpts from both his memoir, "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," and his recently published novel, "Radiance of Tomorrow."
Beah was born in Sierra Leone and at age 13 was pulled into the country's brutal civil war as a child soldier. After his parents and two brothers were killed, he fought for more than two years before he was removed from the army by UNICEF and placed in a rehabilitation home.
"A Long Way Gone" was a No. 1 National Bestseller and was named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007 by Time Magazine. The memoir tells the story of Beah's experiences during the war and his struggle to regain his humanity and re-enter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion.
Lakeland welcomes First Aid Kit
with special guest Samantha Crain
In the past six years, much has changed for the Swedish duo First Aid Kit. Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg had been earning a stellar reputation recording and performing as a teenaged duo in Sweden when their 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" started turning heads around the world, racking up millions of views on YouTube and earning them big-name fans in far off lands. In 2010, they released their debut LP, 'The Big Black & The Blue,' which prompted critical raves and dates with everyone from Patti Smith and Jack White to Lykke Li and Bright Eyes.
Here is the schedule for the night of the show:
- 4:30 p.m. — Will call opens in the lobby of the Bradley Theatre (see the map below). If you asked that your tickets be held at Will Call, you can pick them up beginning at 4:30 p.m.
- 5 p.m. — Fans can start lining up inside the theatre lobby
- 6:45 p.m. — Theatre doors open
- 7:30 p.m. — Show begins
Samantha Crain is touring in support of First Aid Kit and she will open the show.
Click here to view a map of Lakeland's campus. The Bradley Theatre is #22 on the map. There is plenty of free parking in lots H, G and F.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale beginning at 5 p.m. in the theatre lobby and they can be taken in the theatre and . There are no food sales in the theatre and no food will be allowed in the theatre. Fans are welcome to purchase/eat dinner in the Lakeland cafeteria, which is located at the south end of the Campus Center (building #13 on the campus map). Dinner is $8.50 per person and is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Dinner hours are from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Per Wisconsin state law, smoking is not allowed inside the Bradley Theatre.
Merchandise sold by the band will be available in the Bradley Theatre lobby. It is possible that it might be cash sales only, so please plan accordingly. Lakeland does have an ATM machine located in the lower level of the Campus Center.
Community Book Read
The Lakeland College Community Book Read is an opportunity for the greater community to come together with Lakeland students, faculty and staff and discuss good books and powerful stories.
Each year, after a book is selected by a cross-section of faculty and staff, we invite the entire community to read and discuss the book with us.
In the spring, we welcome the author of the book to Lakeland's campus for workshops with our students, as well as a book discussion with the community.
The Community Book Read has been generously supported by the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Our next event is:
2016: Karen Russell
On April 12, 2016, Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!," will join us at Lakeland College. "Swamplandia!" was featured on The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
2015: Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier"
"A Long Way Gone" was a No. 1 National Bestseller and was named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007 by Time Magazine. Read more.
2014: Chad Harbach, "The Art of Fielding"
"The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2012. Read more.
Chad Harbach - 2014 Community Book Read
- Published: April 18, 2014
Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15, 2014 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding." Harbach met with students for a Q&A earlier in the day. The evening event featured Harbach reading excerpts from the novel and answering questions about the work and his life as an author and magazine editor. "The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2011.