Child soldier to discuss novel

1/17/2014, 3:55 p.m.

Former child soldier Ishmael Beah will read from his first novel, “Radiance of Tomorrow,”

on Jan. 22 at the Carter Library & Museum in Atlanta.

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah

The free reading and book signing begins at 7 p.m. in the theater and is open to the public.

“Radiance of Tomorrow” is an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone, where he was born in 1980.

When Beah’s first book, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” was published in 2007, it soared to the top of best-seller lists, becoming an instant classic.

Critics said the harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers should be required reading for “everyone in the world.”

Beah moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. In 2004, he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in political science.

He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

The Carter Library & Museum is at 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.