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Omar El Akkad was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives in the United States. The start of his journalism career coincided with the start of the war on terror, and over the following decade he reported from locations around the world, earning him a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and his debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller that has been translated into thirteen languages. His new novel is forthcoming from Knopf. Appearance supported by Humber College.