Virtual Book Discussion: High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Register in advance

Join us for a discussion about Cabrini-Green, America’s public housing, and the changing fortunes of America’s cities. Ben Austin’s book “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing” is told through the lives of the residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise.

Co-organized with the Elmhurst Public Library.

Elmhurst Public Library cardholders who register can ask staff for a book copy. Find digital books at elmlib.org/ebooks.

Event will be live on Zoom: Register in advance

About the Book:
In this novelistic and eye-opening narrative, Ben Austen tells the story of America’s public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. It is an account told movingly though the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise. Beautifully written, rich in detail, and full of moving portraits, High-Risers is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation’s effort to provide affordable housing to the poor–and what we can learn from those mistakes.