“Not Working” in Raleigh-Durham

“Not Working” in Raleigh-Durham

Readings by DW Gibson and Bridgette Lacy, screening and discussion

August 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

On August 19 at 7 p.m., The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham will host DW Gibson as he reads from his new book, ‘Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy.’ Bridgette Lacy, a resident of Raleigh and one of the people featured in the book, will read alongside Gibson. There will be a discussion about the Not Working Project, including a preview of the forthcoming documentary and a follow up interview with Lacy.

In the summer and early fall of 2011, the writer DW Gibson set off on a journey across the United States. His purpose: to interview Americans who have lost their jobs in the ongoing economic disaster that has destroyed the livelihood of millions. Gibson’s book, which is an oral history based on the journey, takes the pulse of the victims of today’s financial crisis and delivers a prognosis combining a mix of pathos, anger, solidarity and humor. Bridgette Lacy’s story of unemployment includes writing a monthly column on the subject for the News & Observer.

Inspired by the great oral historian Studs Terkel, whose Working dominates the canon of American social history, Not Working is a project of burning importance for America today, a critical intervention in an election year when stubbornly immovable unemployment rates are certain to be the central issue. Through the Not Working Project, we see unemployment not as a statistic but as a real tragedy in the lives of many Americans whose compelling stories demand to be heard.