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SITO: An American Teenager and The City That Failed Him book cover

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Author Talk - Laurence Ralph

Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him

2024-02-29 19:00:00 2024-02-29 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk - Laurence Ralph Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library - East Storefront A & B

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Add to Calendar 2024-02-29 19:00:00 2024-02-29 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk - Laurence Ralph A conversation with Laurence Ralph and Clint Smith Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library - East Storefront A & B

A conversation with Laurence Ralph and Clint Smith

Join the Library and Loyalty Bookstores for a special conversation with Princeton University's Laurence Ralph for his new book Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him. In conversation with poet and author Clint Smith, Ralph will discuss this new account of the lived experience of urban danger, and about anger, fear, grief, vengeance, and ultimately grace.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for free courtesy of the DC Public Library Foundation. 

About the Book

A riveting and heart-wrenching story of violence, grief and the American justice system, exploring the systemic issues that perpetuate gang participation in one of the wealthiest cities in the country, through the story of one teenager. 

In September of 2019, Luis Alberto Quiñonez—known as Sito— was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Mission District of San Francisco. He was nineteen. His killer, Julius Williams, was seventeen. It was the second time the teens had encountered one another. The first, five years before, also ended in tragedy, when Julius watched as his brother was stabbed to death by an acquaintance of Sito’s. The two murders merited a few local news stories, and then the rest of the world moved on.

But for the families of the slain teenagers, it was impossible to move on. And for Laurence Ralph, the stepfather of Sito’s half-brother who had dedicated much of his academic career to studying gang-affiliated youth, Sito’s murder forced him to revisit a subject of scholarly inquiry in a profoundly different, deeply personal way.
 
Written from Ralph's perspective as both a person enmeshed in Sito's family and as an Ivy League professor and expert on the entanglement of class and violence, SITO is an intimate story with an message about the lived experience of urban danger, and about anger, fear, grief, vengeance, and ultimately grace.

About the Author

Laurence Ralph is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, where he is the Director for the Center on Transnational Policing. Before that, he was a tenured professor at Harvard University for eight years. He is the author of Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago (2014) and The Torture Letters: Reckoning With Police Violence (2020), both published by University of Chicago Press. He is currently a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; he has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Ford Foundation. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and daughter. 

About the Conversation Partner

Clint Smith is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, the Stowe Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2021. He is also the author of two books of poetry, the New York Times bestselling collection Above Ground and Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic.

 

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Black History Month | Author Talk |

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