Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm
Join Summit County in welcoming Sam Quinones, author of the highly-praised and groundbreaking book Dreamland, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
Delve into the roots of the opiate problem and explore community efforts to find solutions. This promises to be a compelling and enlightening presentation.
The program is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High St., Akron, Ohio, 44326
Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States.
Dreamland is a must-read for anyone struggling to understand how we got to a place where at least 225 people died of drug overdoses in Summit County last year and overdose deaths outnumber car fatalities. This book isn’t just about opiates: it’s about trade, capitalism, pain, society, pharmaceutical companies and the intersections between these forces that brought us here today.
Dreamland was selected as one of the Best books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University.
Quinones’ previous two highly acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).
Sam Quinones is formerly a reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years (2004-2014). He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking and the border.
Contact him at www.samquinones.com.