Laurence Ralph and Clint Smith for SITO **IN-PERSON**

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Join Loyalty Bookstores and DC Public Library for an in-person event with Laurence Ralph and Clint Smith for Sito! This event will take place at DCPL's MLK Library location, in the 5th floor auditorium. **This event is free to attend, but registration is requiredplease register on DCPL's website.** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or borrow a copy from DCPL, and we will have additional copies for sale at the event. Please email  with any questions.


A riveting and heart-wrenching story of violence, grief and the American justice system, exploring the systemic issues that perpetuate gang participation in one of the wealthiest cities in the country, through the story of one teenager. 

In September of 2019, Luis Alberto Quiñonez—known as Sito— was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Mission District of San Francisco. He was nineteen. His killer, Julius Williams, was seventeen. It was the second time the teens had encountered one another. The first, five years before, also ended in tragedy, when Julius watched as his brother was stabbed to death by an acquaintance of Sito’s. The two murders merited a few local news stories, and then the rest of the world moved on.

But for the families of the slain teenagers, it was impossible to move on. And for Laurence Ralph, the stepfather of Sito’s half-brother who had dedicated much of his academic career to studying gang-affiliated youth, Sito’s murder forced him to revisit a subject of scholarly inquiry in a profoundly different, deeply personal way.
Written from Ralph's perspective as both a person enmeshed in Sito's family and as an Ivy League professor and expert on the entanglement of class and violence, SITO is an intimate story with an message about the lived experience of urban danger, and about anger, fear, grief, vengeance, and ultimately grace.


Laurence Ralph is a professor, writer and filmmaker. His first book, Renegade Dreams, received the C. Wright Mills Award and the J.I. Staley Prize. His second book, The Torture Letters, explores a decades-long scandal in which hundreds of Black men were tortured in police custody. The Torture Letters is also the name of his award-winning, animated short film, which is featured in The New York Times Op-Doc series. Laurence’s work has been featured in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Chicago Review of Books, Boston Review and Literary Hub. Ralph is currently a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. He has been awarded many fellowships for his work, including the Guggenheim and Carnegie Fellowships. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his family.


Clint Smith is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2021. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling poetry collection Above Ground as well as the award-winning poetry collection Counting Descent. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic.


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Event date: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
MLK Library
901 G St NW - Auditorium
Washington, DC 20001
Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him By Laurence Ralph Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538740323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 20th, 2024

The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence By Laurence Ralph Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226650098
Published: University of Chicago Press - January 9th, 2020

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Above Ground By Clint Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316543033
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 28th, 2023

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316492928
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 27th, 2022