The Malibu Library Speaker Series presents journalist Gabriel Thompson at Malibu Library on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 7:00 PM. He will discuss his most recent book, Chasing the Harvest, an oral history collection from California's fields.
The Grapes of Wrath brought national attention to the condition of California's migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' grape and lettuce boycotts captured the imagination of the United States in the 1960s and '70s. Yet today, the stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California's fields--one third of the nation's agricultural work force--are rarely heard, despite the persistence of wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures. Gabriel Thompson's book of oral histories makes the reality of farm work visible in accounts of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in California's fields, as real people struggle to win new opportunities for future generations.
Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist and has written for publications that include The New York Times, Harper's, New York Magazine, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. His other books include America's Social Arsonist, a biography of Fred Ross, the legendary community organizer who trained Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta; Working in the Shadows, which chronicles a year spent working alongside Latino immigrants in low-wage, frequently backbreaking industries, from Arizona lettuce fields to a poultry plant in Alabama; There's No José Here, a narrative non-fiction that follows a Mexican immigrant family in New York City; and Calling All Radicals, a memoir/guidebook/brief history of community organizing.
RSVPs are required. RSVP online here or call Malibu Library at 310-456-6438.
Wed, March 21, 2018