Washtenaw Reads 2017

 01/04/2017 - 11:57
$2.00 A Day

A powerful book delivering new evidence and ideas to our national debate on work, income inequality, and what to do about it has been chosen as the book selection for Washtenaw Reads 2017: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer. The authors will make a special appearance at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30 pm. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing. Additional related events will take place in Washtenaw County, including Saline.

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. A panel of community members from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline and Ypsilanti chose the book from two finalist titles. 

Washtenaw Reads 2017 will be held during January and February. Please join us to read and discuss this award-winning book. Multiple reading and discussion resources are available on the Reads website at wread.org, including a book discussion at Saline District Library on Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm.  The site also includes listings for related events throughout the community. Food Gatherers will give a presentation at Saline District Library on Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm.  

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before — households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Washtenaw Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including area libraries: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline and Ypsilanti; area bookstores: Barnes & Noble, Bookbound, Literati and Nicola’s Books; Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Eastern Michigan University,  the University of Michigan, and many others.