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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tina Kelley To Speak at UCSB CCS

The College of Creative Studies (CCS) is proud to host author Tina Kelley for a discussion of her new book, Almost Home, on Thursday, October 25 at 4 pm in CCS’s Little Old Theater.


The 2012 book is powerful look at the lives of homeless teens and their moving stories of pain and hope from Covenant House. These stories follow six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. From the son of a crack addict who fights his own descent into drug addiction to a teen mother reaching for a new life, their stories veer between devastating and inspiring as they each struggle to find a place called home. The book, co-written by Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House, and Pulitzer Prize nominee and former “New York Times” writer Tina Kelley, also includes a foreword by Corey Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Tina Kelley was a reporter at The New York Times for a decade, where she was part of the Metro section team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category for coverage of the September 11 attacks. She wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. At the Times, she also wrote many stories involving powerless or voiceless people, or those whose struggles went against the grain of popular opinion: the health problems of a Native American tribe living near a Superfund site, a high school student who challenged a proselytizing public school teacher and who received a death threat for his stance, a transgender vocational school principal in a rural town, and the lives of children waiting to be adopted out of foster care. She is a 1985 graduate of Yale University. This is her first book.

Contact: Jim Donelan

805.451.1283

donelan@english.ucsb.edu