Patrick McCarthy & Akif Cogo - Bosnian St. Louis

Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 5:00pm
Sunday, November 13, 5pm CT
In person at Fontbonne University
Jack C. Taylor Library 
Lower Level—Lewis Room 
6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
Join the Center for Bosnian Studies at Fontbonne University and Left Bank Books
for a presentation and conversation with
Patrick McCarthy and Akif Cogo,
the authors of
a new book from the Missouri Historical Society Press.
The program begins with a reception at 5:00pm and author presentation at 5:30pm,
followed by a discussion and book signing.
This event is free and open to the public. 
Books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.
In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina was rocked by brutal warfare and systematic genocide, leading to a mass exodus from the Balkan nation. Starting in 1993, thousands of these displaced Bosnians found a welcoming new home in an unexpected place: St. Louis, Missouri, where today the Bosnian population exceeds 60,000. Bosnian St. Louis tells the story of how these resettled immigrants took root in a new home and quickly reshaped the image of their adopted city.
Using first-hand accounts from members of St. Louis’s Bosnian community, Patrick McCarthy and Akif Cogo explore how an event of global significance became the lived reality of the refugees who came to St. Louis and who, in the ensuing years, have had a profound effect on the character of the city they now call home. The city’s resettled Bosnians quickly established themselves as a positive local presence, bringing with them tight-knit families, a strong work ethic, and a rich cultural heritage. Tragedy and sorrow created the Bosnian community in St. Louis, but, as this book makes clear, new beginnings and opportunities are building a brighter future for the city’s Bosnians and for all those who call them neighbors and friends.
Illustrated with nearly one hundred images and featuring an introduction from acclaimed writer and Bosnian immigrant Aleksandar Hemon, Bosnian St. Louis is a groundbreaking account of a vast refugee resettlement in a single US city and a testament to how that resettlement has changed that city forever.

The Center for Bosnian Studies at Fontbonne University records oral histories from survivors of the Bosnian war and genocide, preserving these testimonies and other unique resources on Bosnia and its diaspora.
Event address: 
Fontbonne University - Jack C. Taylor Library Lower Level—Lewis Room 
6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds By Patrick McCarthy, Akif Cogo, Aleksandar Hemon (Introduction by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985571615
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Missouri Historical Society Press - October 28th, 2022


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