Charlotte Alter in Conversation with Sarah Begley: We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Alter, a national correspondent for Time, as she discusses her new book, The Ones We've Been Waiting for: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America. Joining Ms. Alter will be Sarah Begley, the deputy editor for books at Medium. Coffee and cookies will be served at this late-afternoon event, which is free and open to the public. We ask that you buy your copies of the book from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.

About the Book:   A new generation is stepping up. There are now 26 millennials in Congress—a fivefold increase gained in the last midterms. They’re governing over Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils and serving in state legislatures. They’re acting urgently on climate change (because they’re going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they’re utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). In The Ones We’ve been Waiting ForTIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter examines how millennials have already gained power—from City Hall to Congress—in order to learn what America might look like when they’re in charge. 

Over the last three years, Alter has crisscrossed the country speaking with the millennial leaders who are trying to rebuild the country from the ground up. THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR synthesizes her research, providing readers with the big-picture look at how this group governs differently than their elders, and how they may yet save us.  Millennials have already revolutionized technology, commerce and media, and are responsible for the major social movements of our time. Now, they’re disrupting the American government.  THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR is a hopeful glimpse into a newer, younger, brighter political future.

“An excellent and timely look at the young leaders who are at the gates, and a lesson in what we have to learn from them. If you’re curious about what the future looks like, this book is a thorough, thoughtful place to start.”—Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad and All the Single Ladies

“Just when we need it, a new generational wave is poised to sweep away the aging politicians who are part of a divisive and dysfunctional system. In this valuable and richly reported book, Alter weaves together the tale of ten millennials who are disrupting our stale politics. By the end you’ll smile and say to yourself, there’s hope.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs

About the Author: Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent for Time,covering the 2016, 2018 and 2020 elections, women in politics, and the rise of the grassroots left. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and she has appeared on Good Morning America, Morning Joe, The Last Word, and CNN's Reliable SourcesThe Ones We’ve Been Waiting For is her first book.

About Interlocutor Sarah Begley: She is the deputy editor for books at Medium. She was previously a staff writer and editor at TIME. She lives in Evanston, IL.


Event date: 

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525561507
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Viking - February 18th, 2020

An optimistic look at the future of American leadership by a brilliant young reporter