Read & Lead Lunch with Barbara Ehrenreich

Wed. March 20, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Barbara Ehrenreich, award-winning journalist and author of Natural Causes and Nickel and Dimed, will speak about her life and work at the annual Read & Lead Lunch. Enjoy a delicious plated lunch and dessert, followed by book sales and a signing with Ms. Ehrenreich.

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Why should you attend?

Kick off the 2019 Festival with our very first program of the week! Proceeds from your ticket will also support Festival author visits to local public and private K-12 classrooms. Each year, the Festival schedules approximately 100 author visits with local students.

“This book is joyous. It is neither anti-medicine nor anti-prevention; it is pro-balance, pro-skepticism and pro-perspective. Paradoxically, Natural Causes is about hope. If you are struggling with choices that weigh hope in potential medical advances that damage quality of life against non-treatment and the acceptance of a terminal diagnosis, this may not offer much comfort, but… as with so many of Ehrenreich’s books, Natural Causes is a much-needed tonic.”—The Guardian

“…[R]ichly layered with evidence, stories and quotations… and sprinkled with barbed humor. Ehrenreich lets nobody off the hook, skewering Silicon Valley meditators and misogynist obstetricians with equal vigor. It’s impossible to read this book without questioning the popular wisdom about the body and its upkeep. At the very least, you’ll be able to make better decisions about how to work out, whether to have that mammogram, and when to just order the steak.”—BookPage

“[Ehrenreich’s] description of cells rushing to staunch a wound is so full of wonder and delight that it recalls Italo Calvino… She sits in contemplation of death itself in the book’s concluding, very beautiful passages, bringing to it her characteristic curiosity and awe at the natural world.”―The New York Times

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