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The Work of Living – Talk with Max Alvarez and Courtney Smith | New Labor Book Series #5

August 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

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Join us for our fifth author talk, with Max Alvarez and Courtney Smith, to discuss Max’s new book, The Work of Living, a human history of COVID-19—one of the defining events of the 21st century told by the people who lived it.

Through a series of interviews conducted in 2020 and 2021, Max spoke with workers including Kyle, a sheet metal worker in Kentucky; Mx. Pucks, a burlesque performer and producer in Seattle; Nick, a gravedigger in New Jersey—about their lives, their work, and their experiences living through a year when the world itself seemed to break apart. Max also spoke with Courtney Smith, who will be joining us for the discussion.  We will hear from them both about the book, and their perspectives on the current moment and future of worker power. 

Event attendees will receive a complimentary copy of The Work of Living via our bookstore partner, Reparations Club, and sponsored by Roy Bahat and Bloomberg Beta. This event is hosted by Siena Chiang. 

About Maximillian Alvarez

Maximillian Alvarez is the Editor-in-Chief of The Real News Network in Baltimore and the host of Working People, “a podcast about the lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles of the working class today.” Prior to joining The Real News, he was an Associate Editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and graduated with a dual-PhD in History and Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. His work has been featured in a range of outlets, including The Nation, In These Times, Boston Review, Truthout, and The Baffler.

About Courtney Smith

Courtney is a worker organizer who currently works on the training team at Labor Notes. Previously, she worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2020 as a Black constituency organizer. She has also worked with families who were victims of police brutality, and as an organizer with the Lecturers’ Employee Organization at the University of Michigan. At Labor Notes, Courtney is creating “Race and Labor” workshops and a Black workers network.


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August 30, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
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