Kalamazoo Public Library Announces Reading Together 2018 Title

Aug 17, 2017 03:01:58 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo Public Library is pleased to announce the Reading Together title for 2018: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond. Join us at Chenery Auditorium on Friday, March 16, 7 pm to hear Desmond speak about his New York Times bestselling book. Admission is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Michigan News Agency will sell copies of Evicted at the event.

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the stories of eight families on the edge, whose fates are in the hands of two landlords. This masterful book transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Print copies are now available at all KPL locations. Find digital copies in KPL’s catalog.

“…every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation…Evicted looks to be one of those books.” –Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review.

MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. Evicted won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and the Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writers Award, and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. Including it on her personal best-of-the-year list, Jennifer Senior of the New York Times also called it 2016’s most “un-ignorable” book: “Nothing else this year came close.”

About the Author
Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. In 2015, Desmond was awarded his MacArthur genius grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”

A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, Desmond is also the author of the award-winning book On the Fireline, the coauthor of two books on race, and the editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. He has written essays on educational inequality, dangerous work, political ideology, race and social theory, and the inner-city housing market. The principal investigator of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, an original survey of tenants in Milwaukee’s low-income private housing sector, Desmond has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations. He is a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. For more information on Matthew Desmond, please visit justshelter.org.

About Reading Together
The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us.

One Book, One Community
By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and delving deeper into the books' themes, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together. Learn more at www.kpl.gov/reading-together

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