BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman’s top recommended read for Austin. May’s pick is The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century by DW Gibson. Come down to the store Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm when Gibson reads from the book here at BookPeople. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, June 14 to read their review of The Edge Becomes the Center.
Here in Austin, we all know the look, feel and affects of gentrification – we’re living the change right now. Over the last few years, journalists, policymakers, critics, and historians have all tried to explain just what it is that happens when new money and new residents flow into established neighborhoods, yet we ve had very little access to the human side of the gentrification phenomenon. In his new book, D. W. Gibson takes gentrification out of the op-ed columns and textbooks and brings it to life, showing us what urban change looks and feels like by exposing us to the voices of the people living through it. Join us for this vital, relevant conversation.
DW Gibson is a writer and documentary filmmaker specializing in oral history. His other works include Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. He has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Daily Beast, BOMB, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Many writers have already offered praise for Gibson’s new oral history, which is on our shelves now:
“A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Gibson understands that a conversation about gentrification can be an opening to talk about everything from the nuts and bolts of tenant law, to the habits of graffiti artists, to the legacy of Jane Jacobs, to the future of the DiBlasio administration, to the popularity of ‘Project Runway,’ to the basic human question of how to get along with other people.” – Hannah Gerson, The Millions
“Throughout, Mr. Gibson is a skilled and sensitive interlocutor with an eye for the revealing gesture.” – Parul Sehgal, The New York Times