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At the Edge of the Haight

Katherine Seligman

Warwick’s, in partnership with the Regional Taskforce on Homelessness, presents
Katherine Seligman
Discussing in conversation with Shruti Swamy

At the Edge of the Haight

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

At the Edge of the Haight
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On Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00pm PST Warwick's will host Katherine Seligman as she discusses her new book, At the Edge of the Haight, in conversation with author Shruti Swamy. They will also be joined by Tamera Kohler, Chief Executive Officer at Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and David Baker, is an affordable housing activist, Program Director for the Housing Our Youth Collaborative, and Youth Systems Director for YMCA Youth & Family Services. Katherine Seligman is a journalist and author who lives in San Francisco. She has been a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and a correspondent at USA Today. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Life, Money, California Magazine, the anthology Fresh Takes and elsewhere.

Maddy Donaldo, homeless at twenty, has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. She knows whom to trust, where to eat, when to move locations, and how to take care of her dog. It's the only home she has. When she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended. Suddenly, everyone from the police to the dead boys' parents want to talk to Maddy about what she saw. As adults pressure her to give up her secrets and reunite with her own family before she meets a similar fate, Maddy must decide whether she wants to stay lost or be found. Against the backdrop of a radically changing San Francisco, a city which embraces a booming tech economy while struggling to maintain its culture of tolerance, At the Edge of the Haight follows the lives of those who depend on makeshift homes and communities.

As judge Hillary Jordan says, "This book pulled me deep into a world I knew little about, bringing the struggles of its young, homeless inhabitants - the kind of people we avoid eye contact with on the street - to vivid, poignant life. The novel demands that you take a close look. If you knew, could you still ignore, fear, or condemn them? And knowing, how can you ever forget?"


The winner of two O. Henry Awards, Shruti Swamy's work has appeared in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook.

She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her story collection A House Is a Body was published in August 2020 by Algonquin Books, and her novel The Archer is forthcoming.

Tamera Kohler is Chief Executive Officer at Regional Task Force on the Homeless. David Baker is an affordable housing activist and Program Director for the Housing Our Youth Collaborative. He uses his lived experience as a homeless youth to guide the design and continuous quality improvement of youth-serving organizations across the nation. His approach involves exercising compassion, acceptance, awareness, validation, and empowerment in every facet of system design. David's story is an example of what can be attained with hope and a desire to see a positive change in the world.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781643750231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Please contact store to confirm availability)
Published: Algonquin Books - January 19th, 2021