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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Drugs, diamonds, wine, prostitutes, frogs and books...

Last Tuesday ROAR AFRICA hosted a book launch for Douglas Rogers' "The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe" at the New York home of Henry Buhl. The party was primarily about Doug's excellent dark, comic and true-life thriller (more here), but it did have other purposes. Zimbabwe is in an awful predicament but we know how much potential Zimbabwe has in all respects. We know how much tourism to this spectacular country could help it's people pull themselves out of their current plight. It is helping in a few places. With careful planning, we are already hosting people safely in some specific and beautiful parts of the country. You can see the difference these visits make to the local population: employment, feeding programs for thousands, and a sense of hope.

Many Thanks to Henry Buhl for the use of his beautiful loft in SoHo, Durbanville Hills for the fantastic South African Wine, and Amarula for the evening's delicious signature cocktail.

We encourage you to read Doug's witty, sad and exhilarating memoir as you plan your next trip: 'The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe' published by Crown / Random House.

We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. There seemed to be 150 people who were not in a hurry to leave, so we're assuming that they at least did.

Photographs from the event featured on a few social pages here:
Haute Living , Guest of a Guest , and Patrick McMullan

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