Westborough – The Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St., will host author Qais Akbar Omar, author of “A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story,” at the library Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
The memoir has been widely praised in media reviews worldwide, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
In the book, Omar recounts his childhood in the 1990s after the retreat of the Soviet army and during the subsequent civil war and rule of the Taliban. He describes his family's courageous efforts to flee the fighting in Afghanistan and the terrifying encounters that they endure as they try to escape the violence. Yet, despite the war, he also showcases episodes of humor and the amazing kindness of the many people he and his family meet during their ordeal.
Omar is currently managing his family's carpet business in Kabul (he is a carpet weaver, as well as an author) and is working toward his MFA at Boston University.
The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing.
For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050.