League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWV) and Beagle and Wolf Books are excited to present "An Afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf."

Yusuf will discuss his personal immigrant story from Somalia to America and his new book, "The Lion's Binding Oath" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Northwoods Bank community room. The program is free and open to the public.

Yusuf arrived in America from Somalia as a high-school dropout, unable to speak English and unsure of his actual age. He has lived in Minneapolis since 1997. Today, he has two college degrees and is the author of "Somalis in Minnesota," published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and "Gorgorkii Yimi," a collection of stories in Somali, published by Ponte Invisible.

In February 2018, The History Theatre of St. Paul produced his play, "A Crack in the Sky," a memoir about how Yusuf found inspiration in Maya Angelou and Malcolm X during his early days as an immigrant to the U.S.

Yusuf's most recent work, "The Lion's Binding Oath," documents a country coming apart yet reveals its deep pride and a quiet hope despite the instability. Yusuf hopes that his work shines a light on both the immigrant journey as well as the Somali people and the legacy of his homeland.

The June 19 event will last about an hour-and-a-half, including time for questions.

LWV is a non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government. They influence public policy through education and advocacy which includes supporting activities to preserve the nation's natural resources. LWV will have people available to answer questions about voter registration and the early voting procedures.