How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS

<i>How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS</i>

Courtesy Ken Schles David France

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Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA  90071
213-228-7025

As part of Central Library's ALOUD lecture series, writer-director David France discusses his new book, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, with Dr. Mark H. Katz and writer-activist Tony Valenzuela. France, a contributing editor for New York magazine and former senior editor for Newsweek, covered the outbreak of the disease from the beginning. (He also wrote Our Fathers, about the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, which was adapted into a 2005, Emmy-nominated Showtime movie.) France's memoir is a companion to his excellent, Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary How to Survive a Plague, which chronicled the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) in New York, and how its activists fought not only the government and pharmaceutical companies but a homophobic society to get access to effective drug treatments at the height of the epidemic during the mid-1980s.

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