Discussions about the effects of minimum wage with the author of this year’s Tacoma Reads book and with Mayor Marilyn Strickland are scheduled for this week.
The Tacoma Reads program is designed to bring Tacomans together to talk about issues that appear to divide them.
This year Strickland chose “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
The 2001 book chronicles Ehrenreich’s effort to explore income inequality by working as a waitress, hotel maid, nursing-home aide, and Walmart employee across the country and living on what she earned.
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“The big question, 10 years later, is whether things have improved or worsened for those in the bottom third of the income distribution,” she wrote in the afterword for the book’s re-release in 2011.
Ehrenreich will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tacoma Public Library’s Main Branch, at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.
Strickland will host a discussion beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the Tacoma Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. The event is at the club at 2316 S. Yakima Ave.
For a complete list of Tacoma Reads events, go to tacomalibrary.org.