Parnassus Books is thrilled to present a discussion and signing with Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus, a riveting true story about race, class, gender, crime and punishments. Slater will discuss the book in conversation with Andrew Maraniss, author of Strong Inside.
This event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line and have books signed at this event, please purchase a copy of The 57 Bus from Parnassus Books. Your purchase helps Parnassus continue to bring great authors to Nashville, and we appreciate your support.
More About The 57 Bus
The 57 Bus is the true story of a teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
In their starred review, Kirkus praised Slater's "journalist's eye for overlooked details," writing, "Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths of the hate-crime monster and the African-American thug, probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." School Library Journal also awarded The 57 Bus a starred review, praising the book's "shifts from straightforward reporting to lyrical meditations [that never veer] into oversentimentality or simple platitudes. Readers are bound to come away with deep empathy for both Sasha and Richard. Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice."
More About Dashka Slater
Dashka Slater has written many books, including Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California.