Candid conference in Santa Cruz examines homelessness – Santa Cruz Sentinel


The downtown Santa Cruz library was transformed into an event venue on Thursday as authors Jonathan Franzen and Conor Dougherty engage in a candid and in-depth conversation about the complex social and economic factors that govern housing and the homelessness in America. The free and comprehensive event was a partnership between the Homeless Garden Project and Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Dougherty is the author of “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America,” a recently released non-fiction book about the nation’s affordable housing issues, told through a cast of characters in the San Francisco Bay Area. . He is also a business and real estate reporter for the New York Times. Franzen, a member of the Santa Cruz community since 1998, is a nationally recognized author of six novels and five nonfiction books and has received a National Book Award for fiction. As part of its Books to Action project, Santa Cruz Public Libraries provided a free copy of Dougherty’s “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America” ​​to in-person attendees. The Authors’ Conversation was the first public event held in the library’s first floor circulation area. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)


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