The 57 Bus author Dashka Slater at Oakland Public Library

Book cover for The 57 Bus

Teen Services of the Oakland Public Library is proud to host an author reading and discussion of the new YA book The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.

In 2013, an incident on an AC Transit bus involving two high school students from Oakland made international news.  A white 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.  

This is a true local story of race, class, gender, high school, and the horrific crime that happened in 2013. 

This is an Oakland story told by an Oakland author.  

Students from a nearby high school will be joining us for this event.  We are close to capacity so please contact the TeenZone at (510) 238-7332 or email Brian Boies at about possible attendance.  


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Main Library

Brad Walters Auditorium
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134