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Launch for Vivian Ho / Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids

September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Booksmith hosts the launch for former San Francisco Chronicle criminal justice reporter Vivian Ho‘s debut book, Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us!

Please note: Booksmith will donate 100% of proceeds from purchases of Those Who Wander to the Homeless Youth Alliance.

About the book, from the publisher:

In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims’ families. But they also shed light on a more complex issue. The killers were three drifters scrounging for a living among a burgeoning counterculture population. Soon this community of runaways and transients became vulnerable scapegoats of a modern witch hunt. The supposedly progressive residents of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, only two generations removed from the Summer of Love, now feared all of society’s outcasts as threats.

In Those Who Wander, Vivian Ho delves deep into a rising subculture that’s changing the very fabric of her city and all of urban America. Moving beyond the disheartening statistics, she gives voices to these young people — victims of abuse, failed foster care, mental illness, and drug addiction. She also doesn’t ignore the threat they pose to themselves and to others as a dangerous dark side emerges. With alarming urgency, she asks what can be done to save the next generation of America’s vagabond youth.

Vivian Ho by Gabrielle CanonVivian Ho is an award-winning journalist who has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the GuardianTopic, and the Boston Globe. Raised in New England, she currently lives in San Francisco. Author photo by Gabrielle Canon.

This event is free and all ages.

RSVP appreciated but not required.

If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Those Who Wander, order below and put your request in the comments field; to request a signed copy of any of Colin’s books, do the same via this link.


September 6, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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