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Adam Minter

Warwick’s presents
Adam Minter
in conversation with Virginia Postrel


Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 4:00pm PST

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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale is available for pre-order!

This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Thursday, January 21st at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Adam Minter as he discusses the new paperback edition of his book, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, in conversation with Virginia Postrel. Adam Minter is a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion where he writes about China, technology, and the environment. He is the author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade, a critically-acclaimed bestselling insider’s account of the hidden world of globalized recycling. Adam has covered the global recycling industry for almost two decades. In 2002, he began a series of groundbreaking investigative pieces on China’s emerging recycling industries for Scrap and Recycling International. Since then, he has been cited, quoted, and interviewed on recycling and waste by a range of international media, most recently The New York Times, Vice, NPR, BBC, The Huffington Post, and CBC. He regularly speaks to groups about the global waste and recycling trade including colleges, universities, trade groups, TEDx, and an invited lecture to the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Downsizing. Decluttering. Discarding. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country - or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.

Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?

Secondhand offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we've used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. Secondhand shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.

Virginia Postrel is an award-winning journalist and independent scholar. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and has been a columnist for the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Substance of Style, The Power of Glamour, and The Fabric of Civilization. Her research is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635570113
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 19th, 2021