MATTHEW DESMOND at Benaroya Hall
Presented by BELLWETHER HOUSING. Yes, 7 a.m. If you’re going to be anywhere at 7 a.m., this author and the book he wrote this year are the ones to be there for. And the gathering he is speaking at. This annual fundraising breakfast by Bellwether Housing, which works to advocate for, and making more equitable housing possible has Harvard sociologist, recent MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award-winner Matthew Desmond giving its keynote. His Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown) is one of the most urgent, important, eloquent, timely books to be published this year. “Thank you, Matthew Desmond. Thank you for writing about destitution in America with astonishing specificity yet without voyeurism or judgment. Thank you for showing it is possible to compose spare, beautiful prose about a complicated policy problem. Thank you for giving flesh and life to our squabbles over inequality, so easily consigned to quintiles and zero-sum percentages. Thank you for proving that the struggle to keep a roof over one’s head is a cause, not just a characteristic of poverty... Evicted is an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography. Desmond has made it impossible to ever again consider poverty in America without tackling the role of housing—and without grappling with Evicted.” —Washington Post. “Powerful, monstrously effective…[Evicted] documents with impressive steadiness of purpose and command of detail the lives of impoverished renters at the bottom of Milwaukee’s housing market…In describing the plight of these people, Desmond reveals the confluence of seemingly unrelated forces that have conspired to create a thoroughly humiliated class of the almost or soon-to-be homeless…But the power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories.” —Jill Leovy, The American Scholar. For tickets and information, please see www.bellwetherhousing.org or call 206.957.2700. Benaroya Hall is at 200 University Street.