Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize. It was awarded for their coverage of Tiananmen Square. Their new book looks homeward.
Kristof, an op-ed columnist at the New York Times, and WuDunn, coauthor of several books with Kristof, stay in the neighborhood in Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. They take a look at the big picture of the fading American working class by looking at the smaller picture of Kristof’s childhood home in rural Yamhill, Ore. Close to a quarter of the kids on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide or reckless accidents. The stories may be particular to one corner of the country, but they are all too representative of other places, some in our own backyards.
Guest host for the event is Nate Payne, editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.