Award-winning journalists Alec MacGillis (Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America) and Amelia Pang (Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods) explore the hidden costs of our globalized, internet-driven consumer economy, discussing forced labor camp enslavement in China, as well as the ubiquity, exploitation, and corruption of, Inc., whose power now extends beyond the control of governments.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below or simply make plans to watch on The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

This event will include live-captioning.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, M. Revak & Company.

“Alec MacGillis is one of the very best reporters in America. By always going his own way, he finds stories and truths that others avoid. Fulfillment paints a devastating picture of Amazon, but it also gives human voices to the larger story of our unequal economy and society. Fulfillment is an essential book in the literature of America’s self-destruction.” ―George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Our Man the National Book Award–winning The Unwinding

“Journalist Pang debuts with a vivid and powerful report on Chinese forced labor camps and their connections to the American marketplace. Cinematic… Engrossing and deeply reported, this impressive exposé will make readers think twice about their next purchase.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Thanks to our community partners for sharing information about this event: Amnesty International – Charlottesville Group and Amnesty International at UVA.

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