David Taylor speaks


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: May 22, 2010
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Author David Taylor will speak about his new book about writers during the 1930s on the Federal Writers' Project. "Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America," tells the stories of a handful of people — most of them young and out of work — who went to work for the government describing their hometowns in a series of WPA travel guides and interviews that became classics. The characters included some writers who went on to literary fame in the decades that followed: Zora Neale Hurston, John Cheever, Richard Wright, Anzia Yezierska, Ralph Ellison, crime writer Jim Thompson, and Studs Terkel. It also includes lesser knowns with powerful stories, and observations from contemporary authors from Dagoberto Gilb, Grace Paley and David Bradley to Michael Chabon.


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