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​Zandbroz Variety to host Laetitia Mizero Hellerud reading

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Writer's Block | February 6th, 2019

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

Next Friday, local author Laetitia Mizero Hellerud will host a reading for her latest nonfiction book, “Turning Points: True Stories of Thriving Through Adversity,” at Zandbroz Variety. This event will be free and open to the public, with copies of the book available for purchase.

While Hellerud’s previous book, “Being at Home in the World: Cross-Cultural Leadership Lessons to Guide Your Journey,” chronicled her own experiences as a refugee in her politically unstable home country of Burundi, “Turning Points” is a collection of similar stories also written by former refugees. The common themes among these stories include grief, loss, displacement, and most importantly, resilience.

“Turning Points” was published by Ubuntu Consulting, which Hellerud founded and currently owns, in addition to being an author. Through Ubuntu, Hellerud helps new immigrants integrate into society while educating local communities in bridging cultural gaps. She’s also a keynote speaker at colleges, business conferences, and nonprofit organizations, addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and cultural sensitivity.

Hellerud herself arrived in Fargo as an immigrant in September of 1998 at Hector International Airport. Her family was greeted by social workers, who helped them settle and integrate into the community.

Sandi Piatz, site leader of Fargo’s local Microsoft branch, has described Hellerud as “an educational inspiration,” adding that “She provides great insight, motivation, and education every time I hear her speak.” Dr. Kandace Creel Falcon, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at MSUM, has said, “With her sincere passion for social justice, she brings insight, depth, and warmth to her public interactions."

Back in 2017, Hellerud conducted readings for “Being at Home at the World” at Ecce Art Gallery, Red River Coffee Co., and Fargo Public Library. At Ecce, Helleud told her audience, “The Fargo-Moorhead area is such a special community in my journey of integration since my family and I resettled here… So to be standing in front of you today… and talking about writing and publishing a book is not only quite an honor but a true testimony of your goodness as individuals and as a community.”

Hellerud previously held a book launch for “Turning Points” at Atonement Lutheran Church back on January 24th. This Sunday, she will be giving a keynote speech at the North Dakota Counseling Association Conference at the Radisson Hotel. Next month, she will travel overseas to the University of Burundi to give speeches on gender equality.

IF YOU GO:

Turning Points Author Event

Friday, February 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N Fargo 

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