Author Talk with David A. Taylor

Soul of a PeopleJoin us on the evening of Tuesday, September 20, for a book talk with local author David A. Taylor, who will discuss his book Soul of a People: the WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America.  The book tells the story of the unemployed men and women who found relief from the Great Depression on the WPA Writers’ Project. A few of them became famous later, including Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, pulp writer Jim Thompson, John Cheever and Studs Terkel, while others are less known today. To survive, they reported on local history and life for state guidebooks. They ended up producing an epic and controversial self-portrait of America, with effects that reverberated for decades.  Taylor will discuss his book and the legacy of the WPA writers. 

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Room 307.  The program is free, and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, please call the History Section at 202-727-1161.