A Story Bringing Humanity to Homelessness; A Fiction Book Talk
Tattered Cover welcomes author Katherine Seligman on Thursday February 11th at 5pm MT to discuss her new book, At the Edge of the Haight, which can be purchased below. She will be in conversation with Fenton Johnson.
At the Edge of Haight by Katherine Seligman - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY
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?”
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.
An award-winning author of fiction and literary nonfiction, Fenton Johnson lives in San Francisco and Tucson, but is often found hiking his native Kentucky. He leads writing workshops around the country, contributes to Harper’s Magazine, and has been featured on Fresh Air. His seventh book, At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life, recently published by W.W. Norton, was listed as a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice.
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