"And Then They Were Gone" - - Jonestown

Added to Calendar: 04-23-18


Staff member
The Odd Mondays Series at Folio Books
Monday April 23rd, 7 PM
3957 24th Street, San Francisco, presents
"And Then They Were Gone"
Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown
by Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral
Of the 918 Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, 1978 in Jonestown and Georgetown, Guyana, one-third were under eighteen; more than half in their twenties or younger. And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown begins in San Francisco, at the small school where Reverend Jim Jones enrolled the teens of his Peoples Temple church in 1976. Within nine months, most had been sent—many disappearing over that summer —to what Jones described as a jungle paradise.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the late '70s And Then They Were Gone draws from books, articles, memories, as well as interviews and first-person accounts, of students at Opportunity High and of the few survivors of the tragedy—some related here for the first time. This is the story of Jonestown, revealed through the experiences of the young people sent there, whose energy and labor largely built the community, yet who were given little choice but to go to the jungle prison camp masquerading as a utopian community.
Were Gone provides fresh information about the teen members of Peoples’ Temple, filling a vast gap in our overall understanding of Jim Jones and his (Mostly) doomed followers. I’m grateful to the authors for these insights. - - Jeff Guinn, author of
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People's Temple.
This book humanizes such a horrific tragedy by inviting readers to become well acquainted with these teenagers - so many of whom were killed in the mass murder suicide. Before they were victims of a crazed religious leader, they were just kids - with the hopes and dreams common to children everywhere. By reading about them, we honor their memories. - - Julia Scheeres
author of A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
Seen through the eyes of two of their high school teachers, this book is a work of love and fond memories. It is also a testament to how youth and innocence can be hijacked. The dead cannot speak, yet Bebelaar and Cabral have done just that. It was comforting to hear their voices once more. - - Deborah Layton
author of Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor’s Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." - - Flannery O’Connor
Join us at The Haystack Pizza, 3881 24th St., at 5:30 P.M. for a no-host pizza/salad or other entré supper ($15-20). The 24 and 48 lines and the J Church offer nearby Muni transportation.

NOTE ?Ramón Sender Barayón will be reading with slides and music at Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street, at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, April 20th. Two other presenters: Amanda Chaudry and Ruth Weiss