County of SLO Libraries' Book to Action program.
County of SLO Libraries' Book to Action program.

Library to Host Award-Winning Author Dashka Slater

Author: Erica Thatcher, Collection Development Coordinator
Date: 4/12/2018 3:09:36 PM

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater has won the prestigious Beatty Award. Slater's book is this year's County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries' Book to Action community reads selection.


The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award. Slater’s book is this year’s County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries’ Book to Action community reads selection.


The Beatty Award honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people. Beatty Award winners are featured as official selections from California at the Library of Congress Center for the Book Pavilion of the States during the annual National Book Festival in Washington D.C.


In The 57 Bus, journalist Dashka Slater chronicles the true story of an agender teen who is set on fire by another teen while riding public transit. Slater weaves a compelling story that tells both sides of the crime, and she thoughtfully covers important topics like gender identity, race, juvenile justice, and forgiveness.

Slater, an award-winning author and journalist from the Bay Area, will visit students at San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School, Atascadero High School, and the County of San Luis Obispo juvenile hall. The community is invited to attend a panel discussion with the author at the Atascadero Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m.


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