Reavis will be reading from his latest book, Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers. In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, Catching Out describes how Dick J. Reavis reported to a labor hall each morning, hoping to “catch out,” or get job assignments. Reavis, the author of The Ashes of Waco and Without Documents joined day laborers at manual jobs in an effort to supplement his retirement income. Written with the flair of a gifted portraitist and storyteller, Catching Out describes Reavis’s jobs as a construction worker, landscaper, road crew flagman, and other gritty and dangerous occupations available to those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Publishers Weekly praised Catching Out, noting: “Reavis allows his colleagues—hard drinkers like Real Deal, shirkers like Tommy, softies like Office Skills, and hard workers like Sung—to take center stage in his tales, which run the gamut from humorous to heartrending. This ability to bring the small successes, daily struggles, and measured dreams of these ‘down-at-heels’ working stiffs makes the book’s final chapter, in which Reavis outlines the legal and economic reforms needed to help day laborers get fair wages and treatment, overwhelmingly persuasive.” Reavis's major papers are held in the Wittliff's Southwestern Writers Collection. Books will be for sale at the event by the University Bookstore.