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“Naomi Benaron is fearless. Her work shines a light into the darkest corners of human existence and, in doing so, helps us both bear witness to atrocity and find hope and healing.”


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Otterbein University, Columbus Ohio: Common Book Read Lecture at Otterbein Convocation

October 21, 2014 — 3:00 PM

All Campus Convocation 10/22, Class Discussions 10/22 - 10/24, Library Address 10/22 @ 7:30 PM

Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon: Rwandan Genocide: 20th Anniversary Commemoration

April 16, 2014 — Multiple events: see URL

Panel Discussions, film screenings, a creative workshop, and a commemoration service

Room 609, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6: AWP Conference

February 28, 2014 — 9:00 - 10:15 AM

Witness Meets the Page: Why We Write What We Write. A panel with Lorraine Adams, Naomi Benaron, Ru Freeman, Nayomi Munaweera, and Julie Wu

To bear witness to atrocity through fiction implies a commitment to both narrative and truth. In the social-media age, atrocity often reaches us in 140-character packages. Conversely, witness literature focuses a wide narrative lens on the subject. Why write fiction over nonfiction? What moral and ethical questions do writers confront along the way? How do craft and truth intersect? Five authors with varying degrees of closeness to their subjects discuss how they bear witness through fiction.

Hardeman Auditorium,Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City: 9th Annual McBride Lecture on Faith and Literature

October 18, 2013 — 7:30 PM

Naomi Benaron will discuss her novel in the context of faith and the role of faith in literature. A panel discussion and book signing to follow.

Barnes & Noble, 86th and Lexington Ave., New York NY: Bellwether Event

June 10, 2013 — 7:00 PM

Naomi Benaron, HIllary Jordan, and Susan Nussbaum discuss Bellwether Prize winning fiction.

The Naperville Running Company, 34 W. Jefferson St. : Naperville Fun Run

April 4, 2013 — 6:00 PM

3, 5, and 7 mile routes. Donations accepted to benefit Friends of Rwanda Association

Naperville IL: Naperville Reads

April 3, 2013 — 7:00 PM
Naomi Benaron discusses Rwanda, the genesis of RUNNING THE RIFT, and related topics

Live on Air: Smart Women Radio Show

March 19, 2013 — 8:00 AM PT

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Lake Oswego High Scool, Lake Oswego, OR: Lake Oswego Reads

February 20, 2013 — 7:00 PM
Naomi Benaron discusses Rwanda, the genesis of RUNNING THE RIFT, and related topics

Nashville, TN: Parnassus Books

November 29, 2012
Event with Hillary Jordan.

7301 E. Tanque Verde Road Tucson: Fleet Feet Tucson

November 27, 2012 — 6:15 PM
Reading and book signing. Proceeds to benefit Catalina Reads & Runs

Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair

November 17, 2012

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore

November 7, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Event with Adam Johnson, author of Orphan Master's Son.

Miami, FL: Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Book Festival

October 30, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Presentation, book signing and refreshments.

Pasadena, CA: Women's National Book Association

October 22, 2012
WNBA panel with the LA Chapter for National Reading Group Month.

Albuquerque, NM: Bookworks

October 20, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Kansas City, MO: Kansas City Public Library

October 17, 2012 — 6:30 PM
In conversation with filmmaker Leah Warshawski, producer of the new documentary film Festival Rwanda.

Nashville, TN: Southern Festival of Books

October 13, 2012 — 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Edwards, CO: The Bookworm of Edwards

October 9, 2012 — 6:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Denver, CO: Tattered Cover Book Store

October 8, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Bellwether Night with Hillary Jordan.

Steamboat Springs, CO: Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors

October 7, 2012 — 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bud Werner Memorial Library event with Hillary Jordan.

Boone, NC: Appalachian State University

October 4, 2012 — 4:00 PM
Author panel with Barbara Kingsolver, Hillary Jordan, and editor Kathy Pories.

Los Angeles, CA: Women & Words

September 29, 2012 — 9:00 AM
Luncheon and fund raiser to benefit Reach Out and Read at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles.

Tucscon, AZ: Oro Valley Public Library

September 26, 2012
Book reading.

Decatur GA: Decatur Book Festival

September 1, 2012 — 10:00 AM
Reading and discussion of RUNNING THE RIFT followed by book signing.

Salida CO: Dies Librorum

July 5, 2012 — 6:30 PM
Reading and dinner

Swindon, Wlitshire UK: Swindon Festival of Literature

May 8, 2012 — 12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Lindsey Hilsum & Naomi Benaron - on trouble and strife in African life

University of Southern California: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 22, 2012 — 3:00 p.m.
A panel discussion
Fiction: Writing Across the Globe

Tucson, AZ: Antigone Books

March 30, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Reading and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

University of Arizona: Tucson Festival of Books

March 10, 2012 — March 11, 2012
Panel discussions and book signings

Tucson AZ: Barnes & Noble

March 6, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Reading and book signing

Raleigh NC: Quail Ridge Books & Music

February 16, 2012
Book reading and signing

Chapel Hill NC: Flyleaf

February 15, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing

Brooklyn NY: Word Bookstore

February 13, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book Signing and Interview with Steve Friedman, journalist and writer for RUNNER'S WORLD

Maplewood, NJ: Words Bookstore

February 11, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Book Reading and Signing

Ann Arbor, MI: Nicola's Books

February 9, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Lansing, MI: Schuler Books and Music

February 8, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

South Hadley, MA: The Odyssey Bookshop

February 7, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Cambridge, MA: Harvard Bookstore

February 6, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Abington, VA: Washington County Public Library

February 5, 2012 — 3:00 p.m.
Sunday with Friends.

Washington, DC: Politics & Prose

February 2, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Chester VT: New Voices Author Series

January 28, 2012 — 2:00 PM
This is a two day festival including readings, snowshoeing, wine & cheese and more!

La Jolla, CA: Warwick's

January 26, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Book reading and signing.

Corte Madera, CA: Book Passage

January 24, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book Reading and Signing. "Join us for refreshments and the opportunity to receive free prizes, courtesy of Craig Popelars from Alonquin Books."

Portland, OR: Powell's Books (Burnside Location)

January 23, 2012 — 7:30 PM
Book reading and signing.

Bellingham, WA: Village Books

January 21, 2012 — 4:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Seattle WA: University Bookstore

January 20, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Wichita, KS: Watermark Books & Café

January 19, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English Bookshop

January 18, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Tempe, AZ: Changing Hands Books

January 17, 2012 — 7:00 PM
Book reading and signing.

Portland, OR: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

October 14, 2011 — 7:00 PM
Naomi Benaron will be featured with three other authors during an Author Breakfast. She will speak about her new novel Running the Rift.

Denver, CO: Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association

October 1, 2011 — 8:00 AM
Naomi will be attending the "Authors of Future Releases" breakfast.