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Rough Sleepers – Tracy Kidder & Robbie Gamble

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  • When Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? Jim took the job because he felt he couldn’t refuse. But that year, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program became his life’s calling. The program treats as many as 11,000 on the streets cases a year for the homeless, the “rough sleepers” of the title. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tracy Kidder shadowed O’Connell for five years to tell another riveting tale in his
  • illustrious career. His session will be moderated by poet and essayist Robbie Gamble, who worked for 20 years as a nurse practitioner in O’Connell’s clinic. His book will be the subject of a town wide
  • community read and discussion to be held October 23 and November 8 at Brooks Memorial Library.
  • Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award for Soul of a New Machine, and many other literary prizes. He is the author of twelve books including Rough Sleepers and he lives in
  • Massachusetts and Maine.
  • Robbie Gamble is the Poetry Editor for Solstice. He worked for twenty years as a nurse practitioner with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and now divides his time between Boston and Vermont.
Production Date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 13:45

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