On Wednesday, November 15, author Dashka Slater is discussing her new book, The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, about events involving two Oakland teens that made international news, in a talk at Oakland’s Main Library, 125 14th Street. The talk will begin at 12:15 p.m.
In 2013, an incident on an AC Transit bus involving two high school students from Oakland made international news. A white, non-gender-conforming teen from the hills was heading to a small private school; a black teen from a crime-plagued neighborhood in the flats was on his way to a large public school. Their paths overlapped in a single reckless act that left one severely burned and the other charged with hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The 57 Bus, an electrifying YA book of immediate local interest, examines the incident from all sides and presents its two young protagonists as complex and sympathetic.
Kirkus Review gave the book a starred review: “With a journalist’s eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths.... Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged.”
The Oakland Publc Library has already confirmed the attendance of 120 Oakland high school students for this event. It’s a minimum day so students will be able to stay for further discussion after the talk. This will be Dashka Slater’s only Oakland appearance for this book release.
Dashka Slater is an author and journalist who lives in Oakland. She has contributed regularly to the New York Times Magazine and Mother Jones, among other publications. Her journalism honors include a gold Azbee, two Maggies, and a Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newspapers, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the California State Bar, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Her novel for adults, The Wishing Box, was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times.