Monday, May 2, 2016

May Author Talk: Dr. James J. O'Connell

Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor by James J. O’Connell 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016—Noon to 1:00pm
State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, 
Massachusetts State House

The State Library of Massachusetts is pleased to invite you to an Author Talk with James J. O’Connell, M.D., on Wednesday, May 11. Dr. O’Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, will speak about his work providing health care services to the homeless population of Boston for over 30 years.

Dr. O’Connell is one of the founding physicians of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, started in 1985 with the goal to provide clinical services to homeless men, women, and children. This program now serves over 12,000 homeless people each year in Boston. Throughout his extraordinary career serving this often marginalized population, Dr. O’Connell has written essays, never intending to be published, chronicling the humanity and courage of those living a life on the streets. These essays have now been compiled and published as Stories from the Shadows, a book which, according to its foreword, “instantly and irrevocably transports you into a fascinating universe of individuals usually invisible to us … The riveting stories presented here capture each life in such moving and vivid detail that you will be forever changed.”

Dr. O’Connell’s talk is free and open to the public, and copies of Stories from the Shadows will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please register online and join us May 11 at the State Library.

Laura Schaub
Cataloging Librarian