POVERTY, BY AMERICA with MATTHEW DESMOND - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Russell Hill Rogers Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author Matthew Desmond discusses his latest book. Poverty, By America is a blending of history, research, and firsthand reporting that makes a new and bracing argument about why poverty persists in the United States: because the rest of us benefit from it.

This session will be live streamed privately on YouTube. Due to contractual obligations, we are unable to share the link publicly. If you are unable to attend in person and wish to view the live stream, please email camille@sabookfest.org and provide your email address affiliated with your YouTube account to be able to access the video. The video will be removed on April 16, 2023.

About the Author

Matthew Desmond - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Baron Bixler

Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.” His latest book is Poverty, By America. 


Matthew Desmond - The San Antonio Book Festival

Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard is the co-founder, lead columnist and editor-at-large of the San Antonio Report. He is a longtime, award-winning journalist, and former newspaper editor. He writes two weekly columns, published Thursday and Sunday on the San Antonio Report. In 2012 Robert and his wife, Monika Maeckle, founded the San Antonio Report, formerly Rivard Report. He and Monika have called San Antonio home for nearly 30 years.

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