The RSF Literary Society hosted guest speaker Joshua Hammer, author of "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu," at a luncheon held Jan. 13 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Hammer, a journalist as well as an author, visited Timbuktu numerous times over the past 20 years. According to the RSF Literary Society press release, Hammer "is uniquely qualified to tell the story of a band of librarians' heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali's—and the world's — literary patrimony. Hammer offers never-before-reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism." Look for a story on Hammer in the next issue of the RSF Review (Jan. 26).
The RSF Literary Society is sponsored by Northern Trust, the RSF Community Center and the RSF Review.