Tina A. Brown

Crooked Road Straight

Crooked Road Straight is a phenomenal and personal journal of how Linda Jordan, a woman whose life was a struggle just to survive, became a messenger of hope for families coping with AIDS. The book follows Linda, a second-generation welfare recipient and heroin addict, over five harrowing decades in Hartford, Connecticut, one of America’s poorest cities. Veteran journalist Tina Brown elevates Linda Carol Jordan’s true-life tale above the narrow confines of the wearying stream of AIDS media headlines, giving those who care a blueprint for action. Jordan, who died in 2006, spent her final years urging her AIDS-affected audiences not to languish in a state of victimhood, but instead to use their firsthand experience as a weapon in battle.

Tina A. Brown is an independent, award-winning journalist whose work focuses primarily on health, business and social trends. She is the 2007 winner of a many awards, including a Casey Journalism Medal for Meritorious Journalism; the 2003 General Reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists—Connecticut Chapter; the 2002 Spot News award from New England Associated Press News Executives; and the 2001 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism—Let’s Do it Better prize. She is an independent journalist living in Savannah, Georgia.


The Savannah Book Festival is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long festival of the written and spoken word, February 18-20, 2011. It remains free and open to the public at Telfair Square, in the Historic District of Savannah, Ga.

This author’s appearance has been graciously sponsored by:

  • Ms. Linda Heasley and Mr. Stephen Coady