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Naomi Benaron

When: Wed., Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m. 2012

Naomi Benaron won the 2010 Bellwether Prize for outstanding unpublished fiction with her manuscript for Running the Rift. Barbara Kingsolver, the prize's founder, called it "fearless writing: ambitious, beautiful, unapologetically passionate." In what is now her first published novel (via Chapel Hill's Algonquin Books), Benaron follows Rwandan Olympic hopeful Jean Patrick Nkuba from 1984 to 1994. Nkuba, a Tutsi, is discovered to be a great talent in running and begins to train for the Olympic 800-meter event with a Hutu coach. Meanwhile, he falls in love with a Hutu woman and ultimately finds himself running from the blood-curdling genocide that tore apart a small African nation and shocked the world. Benaron appears at 7 p.m. She'll also be at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. —Christina Cass

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