The College of Health and Human Services is proud to present its first Live Well Lecture, featuring the authors of “Rebound”, Karl Johnson and Samantha Bauer.

“Rebound” tells the inspiring comeback story of Johnson, who found himself living on the streets after serving 11 years in state prison for selling cocaine. As one of 16 children in his family, he recounts how the success of his older brother, Dennis Johnson, who was a five-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer with the Boston Celtics, greatly impacted his own life decisions. Although Johnson grew up with the same passion for basketball, he turned away from the courts and into the streets, where he became involved in a life of drugs at an early age.

“Rebound” explores the mystery of the human spirit and details how Johnson was able to eventually find his right path, regardless of how many wrong turns he took along the way. After living in Southern California for most of his life, Johnson eventually made his way to Fresno, where he discovered his love for business as the operator of Anytime Shoe Shine and as a valet in downtown Fresno. He credits the Central Valley for giving him a newfound hope.

“Rebound” authors, Samantha Bauer and Karl Johnson, met while Bauer was doing a project for Fresno First Steps Home.

Bauer, an alumna of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, is making her return to the University where at one time, she served as the director of communications for the Office of Community and Economic Development. She is now a communications consultant and freelance writer, working with public and private sector clients in the Valley.

Johnson and Bauer will hold a discussion of the book, followed by a book signing. Copies of “Rebound” will be available to purchase for $20 (cash or check) with a portion of the proceeds benefitting student success initatives within the College of Health and Human Services.

Fresno State encourages persons of all abilities to participate in its programs and activities. For questions regarding accessibility, please call 559.278.5276 in advance of your visit.

This event is proudly co-sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State.