Theodore's Town Halls - Poverty in America Featuring Author Nikhil Goyal

At Theodore's Books

Join us at Theodore's Books for our second Town Hall with former Congressman Steve Israel. This event features special guest author Nikhil Goyal, who will be sitting in conversation with Robert Zimmerman to discuss Goyal's new book Live to See the Day and poverty in America. 

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


An indelible portrait of three children struggling to survive in the poorest neighborhood of the poorest large city in America

Kensington, Philadelphia, is distinguished only by its poverty. It is home to Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel, three Puerto Rican children who live among the most marginalized families in the United States. This is the story of their coming-of-age, which is beset by violence—the violence of homelessness, hunger, incarceration, stray bullets, sexual and physical assault, the hypermasculine logic of the streets, and the drug trade. In Kensington, eighteenth birthdays are not rites of passage but statistical miracles.

One mistake drives Ryan out of middle school and into the juvenile justice pipeline. For Emmanuel, his queerness means his mother’s rejection and sleeping in shelters. School closures and budget cuts inspire Giancarlos to lead walkouts, which get him kicked out of the system. Although all three are high school dropouts, they are on a quest to defy their fate and their neighborhood and get high school diplomas.

In a triumph of empathy and drawing on nearly a decade of reporting, sociologist and policymaker Nikhil Goyal follows Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel on their mission, plunging deep into their lives as they strive to resist their designated place in the social hierarchy. In the process, Live to See the Day confronts a new age of American poverty, after the end of “welfare as we know it,” after “zero tolerance” in schools criminalized a generation of students, after the odds of making it out are ever slighter.

NIKHIL GOYAL is a sociologist and policymaker who served as senior policy advisor on education and children for Chairman Senator Bernie Sanders on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Committee on the Budget. He developed education, child care, and child tax credit federal legislation as well as a tuition-free college program for incarcerated people and correctional workers in Vermont. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and written for the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalTimeThe Nation, and other publications. Goyal earned his B.A. at Goddard College and M.Phil and Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Vermont.

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN is a lifelong activist, advocate and Democratic leader fighting for social justice and civil rights. After working on Capitol Hill, Robert started a small business which has  thrived through changing economies for 34 years in Great Neck. As a Democratic National committeeman, Robert has been fighting right wing misinformation on the national networks and continues to stand up for those marginalized by society. 

PLEASE NOTE: All books signed at this event must be purchased from Theodore's Books. If you purchase your book in advance of the event, please save your receipt.

Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty By Nikhil Goyal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250850065
Availability: Available to order. Please call to confirm in store availabiltiy.
Published: Metropolitan Books - August 22nd, 2023

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Theodore's Books
17 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0000