Thursday, June 15, 2017
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon published in 2016. The book shows a deep knowledge of the history and the misinformation surrounding the pit bull. It is highly entertaining and as much about human beings as it is about dogs and has been widely acclaimed. One Amazon reviewer called the book “an undeniable work of literature.”
When Bronwen Dickey brought a pit bull home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate dog, which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt and Helen Keller—come to be known as a brutal fighter? Dickey’s search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York dog fighting pits to early twentieth‑century movie sets; from the battlefields of Gettysburg to desolate urban neighborhoods. This is the illuminating story of how a popular breed became demonized—and what role humans have played in the transformation.
As serious and thought-provoking as this work is, Dickey never loses sight of the story’s real heart: our very American love of dogs, whatever their breed. “There may be no creature on earth that lends itself to as much love, hate and myth-making as the domestic dog,” she writes. “The literature of dogs has mostly become a literature of longing: for home, for safety, for acceptance and probably for some flicker of the wildness we ourselves have lost.”
Dickey’s writing has appeared in The New York Times , Slate, The Virginia Quarterly Review , Popular Mechanics, Scuba Diving, and Garden & Gun. She has received an award for travel journalism and one of her pieces is included in Best American Travel Writing of 2009. She has appeared as a featured guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered. This year she was nominated for a National Magazine Award in feature writing.
Bronwen Dickey is the daughter of the late novelist and poet James Dickey. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards
Have a set of 2016, 2015, or 2014 Banned Books Week Trading Cards (2013 cards are sold out) sent to your home. Cost is $5.00 plus $2.95 shipping. Use the order link below. Click Add to Cart.
The cards are also available for purchase in the Friends Book Store.
Back and Bigger than Ever
“The Banned Books Trading Cards project grows in popularity each year,” says Library Director Susan Brown. “While the cards showcase great local artists, the message of the project – celebrating the freedom to read – is universal. We have shipped cards all over the county and the world and the project has been featured in local, state, and national media outlets.”
Once again artists from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance counties were encouraged to submit small scale works that are in some way inspired by a banned or challenged book or author. A jury selected seven pieces that were printed as a series of trading cards. See the Library’s Banned Books Week page.
The Banned Books Trading Cards receives annual support from the Friends of CHPL.