Author and Journalist Jessica Bruder on “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century”

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A new labor force is growing across the country: “workampers,” older Americans who have turned to short-term transient work when Social Security and their retirement cushions have fallen short. Author Jessica Bruder’s new book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, tells the stories of these nomadic laborers navigating a changing economic landscape for America’s retirees.

WNYC's Leonard Lopate interviews her 9/26.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bruder about her book.

"Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper’s into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment."—starred Kirkus Review

"What photographer Jacob Riis did for the tenement poor in How the Other Half Lives (1890) and what novelist Upton Sinclair did for stockyard workers in The Jungle (1906), journalist Bruder now does for a segment of today’s older Americans forced to eke out a living as migrant workers."—starred Booklist Review

Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. She has written for Harper’s, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Bruder teaches narrative writing at the Columbia School of Journalism.

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