Paul Tough, one of America’s foremost writers on poverty, education, and the achievement gap, spent five years with Geoffrey Canada, following the parents and children who are struggling to better their lives at the Harlem Children’s Zone. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a tour de force of reporting, a compelling dispatch from this daring and potentially transformative social experiment, and an inspired portrait of the man at its heart. Paul’s reporting originally appeared as a New York Times Magazine cover story; more recently, he wrote a hugely popular piece on Canada’s “Baby College” for This American Life, which premiered last year.
We hope you can join us Sunday, October 18, at 5:00pm, when Paul Tough will read from his book at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Details are here.–David E