Nickel and Dimed author comes to Bristol

Issue date: 08 March 2006

Barbara Ehrenreich Bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, will speak at the Watershed Media Centre on Tuesday 14 March, as part of the 2006 Alternative Series organised by the Centre for Critical Theory at the University of the West of England in association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

The talk will focus on Barbara's latest book, Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream, which highlights the bewildering world of job hunting for people who pursue success in the white collar world in a search for the American Dream. The book highlights the people who have done everything right – got college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes – yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle.

Barbara infiltrates the blue collar world pretending to be a PR professional searching for a six figure income. What she finds along the way is a profusion of self help gurus professing to hold your hand and guide you through employment maze, but more likely to fleece the vulnerable for highly dubious and invariably worthless coaching sessions.

Bait and Switch follows a similar format to Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed that sold over million copies. To research this book Barbara went undercover and spent three months working as a waitress and for Wal-Mart and the book records her attempts to survive on the minimum wage of $6 to $7 dollars an hour.

Author of 13 books, Barbara Ehrenreich is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, the Progressive and Time magazine.

Tickets are available in advance from the Watershed box office Tel: 0117 9275100 Tickets £6.00 (concessions £4.50)


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