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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Team Visits Manhattanville
Friday, 02 March 2012 11:51

SomeplaceLikeAmerica 117Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson, best known for their Pulitzer-Prize winning book And Their Children After Them, will be on the Manhattanville College campus Friday, March 9, to discuss their new book Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression.

The new book takes the reader on a journey into the world of the American working class and its struggles through the economic downturns since the 1980s. The book inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs on his album The Ghost of Tom Joad: "The New Timer" and "Youngstown," as well as an introduction to Someplace Like America.

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"We are thrilled that they are coming because both men have a multiple blended career that shows the direction the writing program at Manhattanville is heading in," said Mark Nowak, Director of the Master of Arts in Writing Program (MAW).

The reading, sponsored by the MAW program, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Berman Student Center. Maharidge and Williamson will discuss their relationship with Springsteen and answer questions on their 30 years of experience covering the effects of the economy on the working class. The reading will be followed by a book signing.

Attendees will gain a different perspective on our economic times and see a side of the consequences that is not commonly depicted.

Maharidge, a journalist, and Williamson, a renowned photographer, began their collaborative partnership when they met while on the staff at the Sacramento Bee. Their first book together, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, is a seminal look at the underside of American prosperity.