Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 08:00 pm | Special Event

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

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

Tickets (€ 8): tickets@etberlin.de. School groups may register with IRCBerlin@state.gov for free admission.

In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the English Theatre Berlin, International Performing Arts Center.  

Watch Joshua Hammer discussing The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu on Simon & Schuster's website.