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Fighting for Housing in America

Conor Dougherty, author of Golden Gates, in conversation with Jonathan Franzen

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL), in partnership with the Homeless Garden Project, is excited to announce the kick starter event for their Book to Action Program, running April 7th through June 30th.

golden-gates-housing-crisisJoin Conor Dougherty, author of “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America,” and Jonathan Franzen in a conversation about the complex social and economic factors driving housing–and homelessness–in America.

The event takes place in-person 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Downtown Branch, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, or online via Zoom. In-person attendees will be given the option to write questions for the authors. Anyone needing assistance with this process will be accommodated.

The event is free and registration is required. Register via Eventbrite:

Conor Dougherty is the author of “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America,” a nonfiction book about the nation’s affordable housing problems told through a cast of characters in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an economics and housing reporter at The New York Times. He grew up in the Bay Area and lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife and two children.

“Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America,” by Conor Dougherty is A Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, California Book Award Silver Medal in Nonfiction, finalist for The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, named a top 30 must-read Book of 2020 by the New York Post, and named one of the 10 Best Business Books of 2020 by Fortune.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including “Crossroads,” published in October 2021, and five works of nonfiction, most recently “The Kraus Project” and “The End of the End of the Earth.” Franzen is the recipient of a National Book Award for fiction, the EuroNatur Prize for his work in conservation, and the Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities. He has been part of the Santa Cruz community since 1998.

Through their Book to Action project, SCPL is providing copies of “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America” to in-person attendees, free of charge (while supplies last).

This Book to Action program is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.



The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In direct complement, the Project operates a community education and volunteer program that serves the broader community offering education and experience in sustainable agriculture practices, volunteer opportunities and reducing stereotypes and the stigma of homelessness. All programs take place in the Homeless Garden Project’s 3.5-acre organic farm site and related enterprises. Learn more about the Homeless Garden Project at or via Facebook, or Instagram.


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Learn more about SCPL at or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

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