Author Talk: Despina Kartson
Saturday, January 19 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
For a decade, hundreds of volunteers in New York have set up an outdoor dining room next to Madison Square Garden to feed the homeless one night a month. Last Night’s Soup Run is the story of this effort by a group of citizens to help the walking wounded on our streets. Bound together by their faith and their determination not to look the other way, these women and men from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY have fed more than 10,000 people, handed out thousands of clothing items, including hundreds of hand-knit scarves and hats, and in the process, learned the uncomfortable truth that the homeless are more like the rest of us than we care to admit.
Last Night’s Soup Run is told through a series of emails and diary entries from the volunteers. Together they capture a powerful story of lives led on the street and the stories of the homeless and hungry in a way that engages the reader to recognize the humanity of the often overlooked homeless.
Despina Kartson is the author of Last Night’s Soup Run, a memoir of stories about feeding the homeless on the streets of New York City. Despina is the co-leader of the monthly “Soup Run” at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY where she has been an active parishioner for more than 20 years. In her professional career, Despina is the global director of business development and communications for an international law firm and has held similar positions with other global law firms over the past 16 years. She is a recognized leader in the legal marketing profession, serving on numerous New York City and national boards and committees.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.