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Deepak Singh Author Talk – Sunday April 23, 1:00 PM

In How May I Help You? Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism. Telling stories through the unique lens of an initially credulous outsider who is “fresh off the plane,” Singh learns about the struggles of his colleagues: Ron, a middle-aged African-American man trying to keep his life intact despite health concerns; Jackie, a young African-American woman diligently attending school after work; and Cindy, whose matter-of-fact attitude helps Deepak adapt to his job and his new life. How May I Help You? is an incisive take on life in the United States and a reminder that the stories of low-wage employees can bring candor and humanity to debates about work, race, and immigration.

Deepak Singh is the author of two books, Chasing America: Of Lollipops, Night Clubs and Ferocious dogs, and How May I Help You? An Immigrant’s Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage. He has written for print and radio, including outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and NPR, and he’s a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World.

This program is part of the One Community, One Book initiative.

Day & Time: Sunday April 23, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Reference Desk 207-725-522 ext. 510

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