BOOKS and Recommended Resources
My book: JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look, available in print, eBook, Kindle,
My website: www.jonestownsurvivor.com
My facebook page: Jonestown Survivor An Insider’s Look
Best collection of writings: the jonestown report, published by the Jonestown Institute
Photos: www.flickr.com Peoples Temple Photogallery, divided into albums
Best site: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/ at the Alternative Considerations of Jonestown &
Best documentary: JONESTOWN: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson,
Best Theater Production: The Peoples Temple (Leigh Fondakowski)
Other books by Peoples Temple survivors:
Slavery of Faith, Leslie Wagner-Wilson
Jonestown Lullaby: Poems and Pictures, by Teri Buford O'Shea
Seductive Poison, Deborah Layton
The Onliest One Alive: Surviving Jonestown, Guyana, by Catherine H. Thrash and
Marian Kleinsasser Towne
Books, that I recommend, by wonderful family members and friends:
Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple, by Dr. Rebecca Moore
Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America, by Dr. Rebecca Moore
A Lavender Look at the Temple: A Gay Perspective of the Peoples Temple, by
Michael Bellefountaine (posthumously) and Dora Bellefountaine
Dear People: Remembering Jonestown, edited by Denise Stephenson of California
Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones, by Tim Reiterman
A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective by
Here are the upcoming publications and productions I know about, that seem likely to happen (out of the 20+ "in the works").
1. A trip of 15 survivors going back to Jonestown in the Spring – firm plans will be released later this month
2. A biographical video about Stephan Jones
3. I mini series about the life of Jim Jones and Peoples Temple – likely 9 or more segments
4. a program about women in PT
5. a Program about activists joining PT
6. At least three books are in the works by survivors
7. A number of books are in the works by researchers, media folks, etc.
8. A re-enactment made along the lines of "The Raven" by the airstrip survivor and newspaper man Tim Reiterman – with Martin Scorsese as the newly contracted Director
JONESTOWN: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, published through American Experience for PBS, directed by Stanley Nelson and Nolan Walker.
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Avenue, San Francisco. CHS has an extensive collection of Peoples Temple artifacts, original documents, and photos. Call ahead and speak to the archivists to set up an appointment.
There are over 1,400 photos posted on flickr.com/peoples temple photo gallery. The photos are best accessed by viewing sets.
The Peoples Temple, written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski. This play has appeared at the Berkeley Repertory, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the American Theater Company in Chicago, and the Perseverance Theater in Juno, Alaska. It is also performed by local community theaters and was recently presented at Napa Valley College in California.
Jonestown.sdsu.edu – this website publishes the annual Jonestown Report and is a rich source of all kinds of information. There is a Speakers’ Bureau listed on the site also.
www.synanon.org – this website posts information and wonderful photos from Synanon, where Laura lived for ten years, met her husband, and became a mother to Raul.