Library To Host Ethiopian Author

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Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu (submitted Photo)

JAMESTOWN – Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu will speak and sign copies of his book, “No One’s Son,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Fireplace Room at Prendergast Library.

The author was born in wartime in a rural village in Ethiopia to a poor teenage mother and a wealthy older father who did not acknowledge him. He ended up in Australia after surviving abandonment, famine, and years in a Japanese detention center.

It took him seven years to write his book, which is summed up on the cover as “the story of a defiant Ethiopian boy and his bold quest for freedom.” He has lived in five countries on three continents and is fluent in four languages.

Today Fekadu is an inspirational speaker for audiences such as adoptive families, human rights groups, and East African immigrants. He regularly returns to Africa to shoot footage for projects for his company, Moonface Entertainment, which produces films and documentaries on East Africa. He also travels to the United States to promote his work.

Booklist describes the book as “an eloquent story of one Ethiopian man’s experience of cruelty, displacement, and rejection, but also courage, kindness, love, and success.”

Fekadu’s presentation is free and open to the public. Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.