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Vroman's Live Presents - Eric Nusbaum, in conversation with Janice Llamoca, discusses Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

Vroman's Live Presents Eric Nusbaum, in conversation with Janice Llamoca on Friday April 24th at 5pm

A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy.

Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium.  But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today. (PublicAffairs)

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Eric Nusbaum is a writer and former editor at VICE.  His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has also lived and worked in Mexico City, New York, and Seattle. He now lives in Tacoma, Washington with his family.

Janice Llamoca is an award-winning journalist and producer at NPR’s Latino USA. She began her career as an entertainment digital journalist and over the past five years, Janice has shifted her focus to audio sharing narratives about communities of color. During her time as a radio producer, she has done stories about history, language access, and culture, and humanizes her stories with compelling voices. 

 

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Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm
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ISBN: 9781541742215
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 24th, 2020

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