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Author Tracy Kidder Comes to the Capital Region

Author Tracy Kidder Comes to the Capital Region


Wednesday, March 20, 2024    
7:00 pm

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NYS Writers Institute to host Tracy Kidder, author of ‘Rough Sleepers’

Unity House is among the co-sponsors of a public discussion between WAMC’s Joe Donahue and Tracy Kidder, an author who wrote a book about people who are homeless, a condition sometimes described as, sleeping rough.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Where: Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
Free parking. Free and open to the public.

This event is made by possible by the NYS Writer’s Institute at SUNYA, with sponsorship support from The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, MVP Health Care, and Unity House of Troy, Inc.

About the Author

Tracy Kidder, “a master of the nonfiction narrative” (Baltimore Sun), presents his new book Rough Sleepers (2023), the story of Dr. Jim O’Connell, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, who invented an unprecedented “community of care” for Boston’s unhoused population.

The author of classic works of nonfiction, including Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003), and The Soul of a New Machine (1981), Kidder spent five years following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they navigated the city streets at night, working with thousands of unhoused patients. This magnificent, deeply researched, and inspiring book explores how one doctor has changed countless lives by facing one of American society’s most shameful problems, instead of looking away.