Live Talks Los Angeles event:
This virtual event was taped with an audience on March 30.
in conversation with Michael Tubbs
discussing his book,
Poverty, by America
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.
Poverty, by America is one of the most anticipated books of 2023: It’s the latest from best-seller Matthew Desmond, who won the Pulitzer in 2017 for Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City. Over the last few years, Desmond’s spent time with dozens of people who live in poverty, while doing a deep-dive into abundant data and research. Through this work, he’s uncovered a story about how our society works to keep poor people poor, while rewarding its richhest citizens.
How do we become poverty abolitionists and usher in a new age of shared prosperity? Come hear Desmond speak about new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem.
MacArthur “Genius” and sociologist Matthew Desmond launched The Eviction Lab at Princeton University after conversations with renters and policymakers convinced him that collecting national data on eviction would help answer fundamental questions about residential instability, forced moves, and poverty in America. Desmond is a New York Times Magazine contributing writer. His writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, the New Yorker and The Chicago Tribune.
“In reading Poverty, by America, I felt like Matthew Desmond was sitting at my kitchen table…This book is essential and instructive, hopeful and enraging. It is a roadmap for how we can be better people, working together to build a better country.” —Ann Patchett
Michael Tubbs is the founder of End Poverty in California (EPIC), Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), and Tubbs Ventures. He is the Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity. Tubbs served as the seventy-ninth mayor of Stockton, California, his hometown, from 2017-2021. He was the city’s first Black mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city. Tubbs has also served as a Stockton city council member and a high school educator. He has been a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, The MIT Media Lab, and the Stanford Design School. He is the author of The Deeper The Roots.