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Daytime Book Discussion of "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer

Thursday, Sep 12, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NOTE: Discussion will be held next door at Goodwill, 2901 N Sherman Ave.

Read the book, join the discussion. New members always welcome!

Synopsis of "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts": To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post).

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door. --