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'One Book One Town' author to recount hostage ordeal for Fairfield audience

Published 6:20 am, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
  • Amanda Lindhout will discuss her book, "A House in the Sky," recounting her ordeal as a hostage in Somalia, at the signature event in this year's Fairfield One Book One Town program on March 26 at Fairfield University's Quick Center. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    Amanda Lindhout will discuss her book, "A House in the Sky," recounting her ordeal as a hostage in Somalia, at the signature event in this year's Fairfield One Book One Town program on March 26 at Fairfield University's Quick Center. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The author of "A House in the Sky," journalist Amanda Lindhout, will speak Wednesday about being held hostage in Somalia, a presentation that marks the culmination of Fairfield's month-long "One Book One Town" community reading program.

Lindhout will be joined by her co-author, Sara Corbett, for the presentation, which is set for 7 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus.

Even though the presentation is sold out, the library is still accepting names on a waiting list. Call 203-256-3155.

The memoir recounts how, as a child, Lindhout found an escape from a troubled household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in exotic locales, according to a news release from the Fairfield Public Library, an organizer of the program. Its partners are the Pequot Library, Fairfield University, the Fairfield University Bookstore and the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

Lindhout later backpacked through Latin America and Southeast Asia, and then to war-torn places including Sudan, Syria and Pakistan. She began reporting on events she encountered in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2008, she traveled to Somalia, where on her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men, according to the release. Held hostage for 460 days, Lindhout converted to Islam as a survival tactic and eventually risked a daring escape.

"A House in the Sky," according to the library, "beautifully conveys a message of hope, survival, compassion and forgiveness in the midst of unimaginable circumstances."

Registration is required for the free event.

For details, visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.