Naomi Benaron

reads from

Running the Rift: A Novel

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
6
Monday
February 6, 2012
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome fiction writer NAOMI BENARON for a reading of her debut novel, Running the Rift.

Running the Rift follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a ten-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions. Born a Tutsi, he is thrust into a world where it’s impossible to stay apolitical—where the man who used to sell you gifts for your family now spews hatred, where the girl who flirted with you in the lunchroom refuses to look at you, where your Hutu coach is secretly training the very soldiers who will hunt down your family.  Yet in an environment increasingly restrictive for the Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream of becoming Rwanda’s first Olympic medal contender in track, a feat he believes might deliver him and his people from this violence. When the killing begins, Jean Patrick is forced to flee, leaving behind the woman, the family, and the country he loves. Finding them again is the race of his life.

Naomi Benaron
Naomi Benaron

Naomi Benaron

Naomi Benaron is a fiction writer and a poet. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, JewishFiction.net, Spillway Journal, Blast Furnace, and Prime Number. She teaches through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and mentors Afghan women through AWWP, the Afghan Women's Writing Project.

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