Study prize-winning book, ‘Evicted,’ with your book club, or join one of ours

Author Matthew Desmond holds a camera in front of a house. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is speaking in Charlotte at a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. As of Aug. 18, no more general admission seats are available, but a waiting list is created and is being used to fill seats that come available in coming weeks. 


Interested book clubs can learn more by clicking this image.

Before his appearance, you're invited to take part in an Evicted book club and learn about issues the book raises and how they play out in Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Book clubs that sign up to study Evicted can get access to free books. Foundation For The Carolinas has provided funding for a limited number of copies of Evicted to book clubs on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more about getting books, contact Courtney Morton,

If you’re already in a book club that would like to study Evicted, or if you want to host a new book club for this event, see the list of links below for free, unique-to-Charlotte material for discussion, including local facts, policies and resources. 

FIND A CLUB, OR HOST ONE YOURSELF: More than 30 local book clubs are taking part. Click here to see the list and find clubs studying Evicted. Several clubs are open to the public to attend. Or sign up to host a new discussion group about the book. For more information or questions, email Courtney Morton (, the housing and homelessness research coordinator for Mecklenburg County government.

Matthew Desmond’s appearance in Charlotte is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Crisis Assistance Ministry, the Homeless Services Network, ULI Charlotte, the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, United Way of Central Carolinas and the Center for the Living City


1. Evicted Book Club Study Guide

2. Evicted Book Club Guided Reading for Participants

3. Evicted Book Club Discussion Guide for Book Club Leaders

4. Housing & Eviction Data, Policy and Definitions