“Running the Rift” Author In Town

Winner of the 2010 Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction Naomi Benaron stopped by Naperville to share the story of her book, “Running the Rift.”

Benaron’s visit marked the second half of this year’s Naperville Reads program whose goal is to unite the community through the joy of reading.

“Running the Rift” follows the life of Jean Patrick Nkuba – a native of Rwanda whose life is being threatened. Nkuba dreams that his gift for running might one day deliver him and his people from the danger surrounding them.

During her time here, Benaron spoke to an audience at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall – hosted by last year’s Naperville Reads’ author Luis Urrea.

Benaron also held a “fun run” where free will donations were taken to benefit “The Friends of Rwanda Association.”

“If you think about what happened in Rwanda, and you think about it not in the narrow terms of what happened in Rwanda, but what happens everywhere in the world when people misunderstand each other, then that would be, if people got some sort of understanding and awareness of that from my book, then I’ve done a good job,” said Benaron.

Following the run, Benaron held a meet and greet where fans had the chance to get their books signed and chat with the author.


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