Authors to discuss book about A.C. casino industry Aug. 1 at Historical Museum

Just One More HandStockton University professors Dr. Ellen Mutari and Dr. Deborah M. Figart will discuss their book, Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. The museum — presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library — is located at South New Jersey Avenue and Boardwalk on Garden Pier.
Just One More Hand explores life stories of individual Atlantic City casino workers in the context of the history of the city and the now-global gaming industry. It tells a story about how an industry that promised a solid and stable livelihood is being transformed by competitive pressures, causing employees to lose their economic footing. Incorporating the real experiences of casino employees, the book demonstrates the difficulties for local communities that are building new casinos in the hopes of luring tourists.
Dr. Mutari is an expert on labor market and employment policies; gender, race-ethnicity, and class; economic history and the contemporary political economy. Dr. Figart is an internationally known scholar in the field of labor and employment issues.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library since August 2012, showcases the culturally diverse and exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Miss America, Mr. Peanut, Garden Pier, and “Boardwalk Empire” props, sand sculptures and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free. Please call (609) 347-5839 for more information.