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 had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Berlin-based veteran foreign correspondent Joshua Hammer, tells the incredible story of how a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.
Moderated by R. Jay Magill, Author; and Editor, Berlin Journal, American Academy in Berlin.
Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40, 10965 Berlin
In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the English Theatre Berlin, International Performing Arts Center.