Tracy Kidder earned his reputation as a master of the non-fiction narrative in the early 1980s when he won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Soul of a New Machine. He has written nine books of nonfiction, including House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Home Town, My Detachment, and the popular Mountains Beyond Mountains, about Dr. Paul Farmer and his efforts to bring the tools of modern medicine to Haiti. Kidder will share his latest best seller, Strength in What Remains, which follows the story of a refugee from the civil war and genocide of 1990s Burundi. The Seattle Times says, "Tracy Kidder's new book . . . offers us fine prose, complex characters, and realistic portrayals . . . His story reaffirms our hope that one person can make a difference... [T]his book is one not to be missed." Ron Suskind in the New York Times Book Review praises, "Tracy Kidder may have just written his finest work - indeed, one of the truly stunning books I've read this year."
Before the reading, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) will show slides about the local refugee community. Both organizations, as well as Holocaust Museum Houston, will be on hand to provide information about their work.
Tracy Kidder will make a presentation about his latest book, Strength in What Remains, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by Michael Berryhill. Berryhill is a Houston journalist and poet who teaches journalism at the UH Valenti School of Communication. The evening concludes with a book sale and signing conducted by Brazos Bookstore.