Tracy Kidder

The author of Strength in What Remains discusses his relationship with his most famous subject, Deogratias Niyizonkiza

In his latest nonfiction book Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder chronicles the escape of Deogratias Niyizonkiza, a young man, from the war and genocide of Burundi to the safe haven of America. Once here, he goes from homelessness to college to medical school. Years later, Deogratias returns to his homeland and sets up a successful clinic and healthcare system. Kidder explores Deogratias's horrendous exposures to death and suffering without exploiting them. "I didn't want to wallow in it," Kidder says. "The more dramatic something is, the less dramatic I want my voice to be." Kidder will discuss his journey to Africa with Deogratias as part of Inprint's reading series. Afterward, he'll answer questions from poet and local journalist Michael Berryhill. 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. Free to $5.
Mon., March 22, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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