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Manny’s: Book Talk: Vivian Ho’s Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids
September 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vivian Ho sits down for a conversation at Manny’s on her knew book on vagabond youth.
Vivian is the former crime reporter at the SF Chronicle—her coverage of the shocking 2015 double murder of two strangers, perpetrated by 3 area street kids, is the impetus for her new book, which explores the counterculture of America’s vagabond youth.
It’s a deep dive into the rising subculture of street kids, that’s changing not only the fabric of the Bay area, but across the country. About the book, from the publisher:In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims’ families. But they also shed light on a more complex issue. The killers were three drifters scrounging for a living among a burgeoning counterculture population. Soon this community of runaways and transients became vulnerable scapegoats of a modern witch hunt. The supposedly progressive residents of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, only two generations removed from the Summer of Love, now feared all of society’s outcasts as threats.
In Those Who Wander, Vivian Ho delves deep into a rising subculture that’s changing the very fabric of her city and all of urban America. Moving beyond the disheartening statistics, she gives voices to these young people — victims of abuse, failed foster care, mental illness, and drug addiction. She also doesn’t ignore the threat they pose to themselves and to others as a dangerous dark side emerges. With alarming urgency, she asks what can be done to save the next generation of America’s vagabond youth.