Jared Yates Sexton discusses his new book The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

Mon 10/9, 7pm:
Jared Yates Sexton discusses his new book The People
Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

in conversation with Bronwen Dickey

Jared Yates Sexton's latest is an outlaw expedition into America through the guise of the savage and unprecedented 2016 presidential campaign.

On June 14, 2016, Jared Yates Sexton reported from a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the first journalists to attend these rallies and give mainstream readers an idea of the raw anger that occurred there, Sexton found himself in the center of a maelstrom. Following a series of tweets that saw his observations viewed well over a million times, his reporting was soon featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones, and he would go on to write two pieces for the New York Times. Sexton gained over eighteen thousand followers on Twitter in a matter of days, and received online harassments, campaigns to get him fired from his university professorship, and death threats that changed his life forever.

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election and the cultural forces that powered Donald Trump into White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy’s political polarization—a result of our self-constructed, technologically-assisted echo chambers.

Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer—books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life—The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is an instant, essential classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself.  

Jared Yates Sexton was one of the first journalists to attend and report from the 2016 Donald Trump rallies. He is a writer whose political writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime-novel. Currently he serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in Best American Travel Writing 2009, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Men's Journal, Slate, Garden & Gun, Popular Mechanics, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She is the recipient of a Hearst Editorial Excellence Award in reporting, a Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism, and in 2017 she was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in feature writing. She lives in North Carolina.

 

Event date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029569
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017