1/14: Sleeping With the Sun in His Eyes author at Mac's Backs

When Akol Ayii Madut — a refugee who’s one of the “lost boys of Sudan” — got off a plane at Hopkins Airport after a snowstorm, he walked into a brand new world. “What he saw everywhere was wheat flour,” writes local publisher and poet Bree in Sleeping With the Sun in His Eyes, which chronicles Madut’s tale. “He knew before he came here that most Americans had plenty to eat. Still, he was truly amazed at the surplus. Here, he marveled, people left their wheat flour to just sit in great piles on the ground.” Bree (whose Green Panda Press has published works by iconic Cleveland poets Daniel Thompson, d.a. levy and many others) helped Madut tell the story of what he left behind in war-torn Sudan and his new life as a refugee in Northeast Ohio. The publication of Sleeping With the Sun in His Eyes was financed by advance orders for the book, which came out right before Christmas. Bree and Mudat will read and sign copies at 7 p.m. at Mac’s Backs Books (1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.3321.2665). Admission is free. — Michael Gill