RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield native and author John Ruxin is making a return visit from his home in Rwanda to speak about his new book, "A Thousand Hills To Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda."
He will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ridgefield Library.
Ruxin is on the faculty at Columbia University, directs Health Builders and contributes to the New York Times and Forbes. He and his wife, Alissa, live in Rwanda with their children.
"When newlyweds Josh and Alissa Ruxin first moved to Rwanda from Manhattan in 2006, they arrived full of ideas about what should be done," said a press release from the library. "Just 12 years after the genocide, poverty was deeply entrenched, but they were hopeful they could make a difference. After volunteering with orphans of the genocide and helping to raise scholarship support for many, (Alissa) realized that what they really needed was jobs so they could put themselves through school.
"So she built and opened a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, Heaven, as a sustainable, even profitable model of what can be done.While primarily a memoir of love, adventure, family and good food, 'A Thousand Hills To Heaven' also provides an eye-opening view of how developing countries can lift themselves from poverty, and how Westerners can contribute to and nurture the independence necessary to achieve this."
For more information about the event, contact Lesley Lambton at 203-438-2282 or through email at email@example.com.
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