The write stuff

On Monday, Nov. 18, the recipient of the 2019 Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award, Jessica Bruder, right, spoke at length about her experience writing her 2017 book <i>Nomadland</i>, which chronicles the lives of Americans who live on the road, traveling to find work out of economic necessity. In a conversation with Donica Mensing, Associate Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, Bruder detailed her work going undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Fernley and working backbreaking hours at a sugar beet harvest amongst hundreds of retirement-aged Americans forced to live in campers and other converted vehicles to make a living. After the talk and a short Q&amp;A segment, Bruder was presented with the official Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award by Monique Laxalt, daughter of Robert Laxalt, the Nevada author for whom the award is named.

On Monday, Nov. 18, the recipient of the 2019 Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award, Jessica Bruder, right, spoke at length about her experience writing her 2017 book Nomadland, which chronicles the lives of Americans who live on the road, traveling to find work out of economic necessity. In a conversation with Donica Mensing, Associate Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, Bruder detailed her work going undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Fernley and working backbreaking hours at a sugar beet harvest amongst hundreds of retirement-aged Americans forced to live in campers and other converted vehicles to make a living. After the talk and a short Q&A segment, Bruder was presented with the official Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award by Monique Laxalt, daughter of Robert Laxalt, the Nevada author for whom the award is named.

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