Author who survived 460 days as a hostage in Somalia to speak in Abbotsford

Journalist Amanda Lindhout will speak at Abbotsford Arts Centre

Amanda Lindhout will speak at Abbotsford Arts Centre April 13.

Amanda Lindhout will speak at Abbotsford Arts Centre April 13.

Award-winning author Amanda Lindhout will speak about the strength of the human spirit when she comes to the Abbotsford Arts Centre on April 13.

Co-presented by the Centre and Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Lindhout is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and journalist. Her multiple award-winning memoir, House in the Sky, has been on the bestseller top-10 list for more than three years and her work as a journalist has included feature articles in Macleans, National Post and Flare, with photography for Flare.

Lindhout traveled to Somalia as a freelance journalist to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought, and famine. Kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu, Lindhout spent 460 days enduring unimaginable hardships as a hostage in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Today she’s asked by audiences around the world to share her story of forgiveness and resilience.

A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Lindhout focuses on the positive and leaves the audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we choose to embrace compassion. What emerges is a celebration of resilience— a powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

Lindhout’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for university students, and $10 for 18 and under. Tickets are available at both The Bookman locations (2630 Bourquin Cres. in Abbotsford and 45939 Wellington Ave. in Chilliwack as well as at the Abbotsford Senior Secondary office, Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).