Naomi Klein & Yarimar Bonilla in Conversation — The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 6:00 pm

In the rubble of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans and ultrarich “Puertopians” are locked in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island. Labyrinth and the Trenton Public Library invite you to a conversation between bestselling author and renowned activist Naomi Klein and distinguished scholar of the Caribbean, Yarimar Bonilla.

In this vital and startling investigation, Klein uncovers how the forces of shock politics and disaster capitalism seek to undermine the nation's radical, resilient vision for a “just recovery.” The book is a lucid analysis of the forces pitted against each other as the world faces the effects of climate change and unchecked capitalism; it is both an urgent appeal and a blueprint for action.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and No Is Not Enough. Yarimar Bonilla is Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.  She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment. She was named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow for her current book project, Shattered Futures, which examines the politics of recovery in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria and the forms of political and social trauma that it revealed.

All royalties from the sale of this book in English and Spanish go directly to JunteGente, a gathering of Puerto Rican organizations resisting disaster capitalism and advancing a fair and healthy recovery for their island. For more information, visit

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