Naomi Benaron - 2013

Award-winning novelist Naomi Benaron delivered the ninth-annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on Oct. 18, 2013, at Oklahoma Christian University. A panel discussion and free book-signing reception followed the lecture.

Benaron received the Bellwether Prize for social justice in fiction in 2010. Her bestselling novel, Running the Rift, tells the coming-of-age story of a young athlete named Jean Patrick during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 

“Naomi Benaron’s story takes readers along on a boy’s journey from innocence to experience during a time of unspeakable violence, so readers who take this journey with Jean Patrick grow, too, as many of us did the first time we read The Diary of Anne Frank,” said Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs. “This journey makes me determined to be part of a better way.”

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