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AIDS: A San Diego History - One Book, One San Diego Event


  • WHEN Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.
  • WHERE El Cajon Branch Library, 201 E Douglas Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

AIDS hit San Diego hard as it did so many across the country, and the LGBT community responded by banding together, forming new organizations to deal with tragedy, including Walks for Life (later AIDS Walk), Auntie Helen's and the Blood Sisters. San Diego faced unique challenges with trying to support their sick and dying colleagues just south of the border.

Join us for a special presentation by Terry Cunningham, retired Chief of the STD, HIV and Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services at the County of San Diego.

Presented as part of One Book, One San Diego, featuring the 2019 selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai.

“The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through a story about friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

It won the Stonewall Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and was optioned by Amy Poehler for television.

Library contact: 619-588-3718

This event is part of the San Diego County Library’s programming for this year’s One Book, One San Diego. The 2019 selections include “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai, “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander for young adults, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales for kids, and “Éramos unos niños” by Patti Smith for Spanish-language readers.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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