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Meet Amy Goldstein, Author of "Janesville: An American Story"

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On Monday, May 1, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Boswell Book Company will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Amy Goldstein to Boswell Book Company to discuss her first book, "Janesville: An American Story" (Simon & Schuster, April 18, 2017, $27, 9781501102233).

Most reporters cover the closing of a major manufacturing plant and then move on to their next assignment. But Goldstein wanted to find out what would happen after General Motors shut down its iconic assembly plant in Janesville, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s hometown, two days before Christmas in 2008, during the depths of the Great Recession. Goldstein presents an intimate view of those affected, including suddenly unemployed workers struggling to rebuild their lives and community leaders attempting to reinvent the once-thriving manufacturing town. Goldstein’s "Janesville" provides a clear-eyed view of the power of employers to shape a community and the ability of workers to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

Goldstein will discuss "Janesville" and take questions from the audience. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. Books will be available for sale. Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Boswell Book Company are co-sponsors of Goldstein's appearance.

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