Welcome to the strange new world! When I first conceived of and began research for what became my newest book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City, I knew I was in for a lot of hard work and more than a few surprises. What I didn’t know was that it would take over five years to complete the research and more than two years to write and see though to publication. And that I would have it published during a prolonged pandemic. But, needs must, an archaic yet useful (mostly British) way of acknowledging an unfortunate reality and continuing on. Thank you to Johns Hopkins University Press for publishing this book. They are leaders in public health and the history of medicine, and that, combined with the fact that I am a JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health alum, make them one of my dream publishers.
Helping to launch this book into the world will be a much different experience than for my previous two books, back when I was able to travel and do in-person book events. I am okay with that, especially after realizing the benefits of virtual book talks and events as both a participant and as a speaker. Access to a much wider audience, including people with mobility or health issues. Much better for the environment. Suited to the introvert that I am. I look forward to virtual book events and will provide updates and links to events (all free, of course) under my Events page on this website.