Former Darien resident Nick Hahn will discuss and sign copies of his new bi-cultural political thriller, "Under the Skin," at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, Darien.

For 36 years, Nick and Julie Hahn lived in Darien, where they raised four children. Nick was president and CEO of the New York-based Cotton Incorporated, and was a member of the Wee Burn Country Club.

He founded Hahn International Ltd. in 1997, a firm focused on agribusiness development in the Third World.

The Hahns moved to the Connecticut River Valley in 2007.

While living and working in Uganda in East Africa, in 2008, he conceived the idea for "Under the Skin," but the writing didn't begin until summer 2011.

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In "Under the Skin," a brutal African dictator is challenged by two young women from different worlds: Maggie Kincaid, born to wealth and privilege in New York, and Nabby Kibugu, born to poverty and obscurity in the African bush.

Their unlikely friendship sparks a fiery political drama with the potential to upend the leadership of a country and change the lives of millions.

Hahn started writing while a student at the University of Notre Dame. His travel diaries reflect 14 years of working among indigenous peoples from Africa to Latin America, where he witnessed social and political unrest.

For information, call 203-655-2712 or visit www.barrettbookstore.com.