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An Afternoon with Gregory Boyle

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An Afternoon with Gregory Boyle
Sunday, Sept. 30
1-5 p.m.
(Presentation begins at 1:30 p.m.)
Central Library

Founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, Gregory Boyle has dedicated his life to helping the most marginalized individuals find a place in society.

In a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles have taught him about faith, compassion and the enduring power of kinship.

Critics hailed Father Boyle’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart, as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (Publishers Weekly) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times).

His second book, Barking to the Choir, reveals how compassion is transforming the lives of gang members. In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.

Join us for an afternoon of stories, faith, caring and compassion. Q & A, book sales and signing and a reception will follow. Homeboy Bakery goods will also be available for sale.


September 30
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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285 East Walnut Street
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