“American-Made” author Nick Taylor rounds out Literary Tastes Breakfast lineup

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

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For Immediate Release

June 23, 2009

CHICAGO—Nick Taylor, author of “American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work” and a previous collaborator with astronaut John Glenn on his memoir, will join Mark Harris (“Pictures at a Revolution”), Toby Barlow (“Sharp Teeth”) and Peter Manseau (“Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter”) as presenters at the Literary Tastes Breakfast at ALA’s Annual Conference.

The breakfast, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, July 12 in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, features authors from RUSA’s 2009 selections for the Notable Books List, The Reading List and the Sophie Brody Medal winners. Authors read from their work, ruminate on writing and sign books, while attendees enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. “American-Made” was one of 25 titles named to the 2009 Notable Books List, the purpose of which is to identify the best, most readable and at times most important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for the adult reader.

With the publication of “American-Made”, Taylor provides the first comprehensive look at the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the eight-year program that provided employment for 8.5 million Americans, lifted their spirits and the economy out of the Great Depression of the 1930s and produced functional and memorable structures around the country, including LaGuardia Airport, Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle), the Camp David presidential retreat, Timberline Lodge (Mt. Hood, Ore.) and countless roads, stadiums, libraries and community pools. The WPA also contributed workers to service and consumer industries and invigorated the arts through grants.

In addition to its Notable Books selection, USA Today identified “American-Made” as “a must-read for history buffs and government wonks,” while the San Francisco Chronicle found it to be “a vivid, engagingly written book…there is something here for everyone to learn.” The Arizona Republic’s characterization of the book as “a lively and uplifting look at hard times—and a government program that worked” reminds readers of the significance of this program as it relates to President Obama’s current efforts to revive the country’s economy and infrastructure.

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