A Conversation with Jeff Rubin

This September saw Lethbridge Public Library’s annual literary festival, The Word On The Street, move to an online format, and with that change we were able to extend the event well into the fall with The Word On The Street’s Fall Reading Series. Throughout the fall we’re able to host a number of well-known authors including Jeff Rubin, Desmond Cole, and Shari Lapena. On November 12, Lethbridge Public Library will be hosting the third author in our series, Jeff Rubin. Rubin will be speaking about his newest book, “The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization” in an online author interview. Rubin is a Canadian economist and bestselling author. He is considered a world-leading expert on trade and energy, and is the former Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets. His first book “Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller”, was an international bestseller, winning the National Business Book Award, and longlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He has written two other bestsellers, “The End of Growth” and “The Carbon Bubble”. “The Expendables” is a provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class has borne the cost of globalization, and how the blowback–including Brexit, Donald Trump, populist Europe, and COVID-19–will change the developed world. While the global COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare economic fault lines, seemingly overnight, Rubin makes the case with devastating thoroughness that they have been deepening for decades. While the severity of the current crisis can be laid at the feet of the ideology of globalization, he also argues that protecting ourselves from future crises will mean good news for the middle class. Fans of one of the Library’s past speakers, Gwynne Dyer, should not miss this interview. Join the Lethbridge Public Library via Zoom on November 12 at 7 p.m. as we interview Jeff Rubin. Register for this event on our website at lethlib.ca, and check out our other upcoming authors in the series: Desmond Cole and Shari Lapena.