Thursday, January 18th 7:00 PM
Chevalier's is Proud
Father Gregory Boyle
and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
In Conversation with Celeste Fremon,
Hosted by Joe Donnelly
In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller and The Los Angeles Times wrote that it was “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality.”
Now, as Homeboy Industries approaches its 30th Anniversary, Boyle, has written an equally compelling second collection of stories and parables in which he shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him—and what he hopes it can teach readers—about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of human connection: The Barking Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He will be donating all net proceeds from Barking to the Choir to Homeboy Industries.
CELESTE FREMON is the creator and editor of WitnessLA.com, a nonprofit news site focusing on criminal justice with a focus on how violence prevention, school discipline reform, the juvenile justice system, and the criminal justice system, affect the health and well being of our communities. Fremon is also the author of G-Dog and the Homeboys (Hyperion 1995, University of New Mexico Press, 2004, 2008) about the work of Father Greg Boyle.
Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer. His short story, "Bonus Baby", was selected for the prestigious O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 collection, which is out now, as one of the 20 best short stories of the year. In his past life he was the deputy editor of the LA Weekly and the co-founder/editor of Slake: Los Angeles. Donnelly is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Whittier College.