Jamaica Plain author and inequality expert Chuck Collins is hosting a book reading and launch party for his new book, “Born on Third Base,” Friday, Oct 21, at 7 pm at the First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist at 6 Eliot St. Books will be provided by Papercuts JP.
Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the author of several books on the topic.
His new book about inequality and privilege includes lots of scenes set in Jamaica Plain and lifts up local examples of the work of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition. According to Collin, his new book is written with the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, upending assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in.
In his book, Collins calls for an end to class war, busts the myths that define views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future.
Praise for the book includes:
“I have never read a story remotely like the one Chuck Collins has to tell. Born to the 1 percent, he grew an outsized conscience and gave up his inherited wealth for a life of fighting the vicious inequality that is destroying our country. Somewhere along the way, he came to understand that the rich can be part of the solution instead of the problem and started organizing them to join in the struggle for a fair economy. The result is an electrifying challenge to the affluent as well as the one percent.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
You can RSVP on Facebook here.