Author Series Bronwen Dickey at Headquarters on May 21

May 9, 2017
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Alachua County Library District’s 2017 Author Series presents Bronwen Dickey on Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. In Dickey’s new book, Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon, she traces the history of the pit bull's relationship with humans, from how the breed was once very popular with the likes of Helen Keller, earned presidential recognition for their heroic efforts in the Civil War, to how the breed became demonized. She will speak about the journey she embarked on to find out why pit bulls have become so controversial and what role humans have played in the perception. After her talk, she will sign books.

Dickey is the 2009 winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She also writes for Oxford American and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, and Outside.

The 2017 Author Series is a collaboration with publishers, Friends of the Library and Books-A-Million. It concludes with Nathan Hill on Sunday, June 4, 2:30 p.m., at Headquarters Library. New literary talent Nathan Hill kicks off the Summer at the Library program as well.

His debut novel The Nix, is a book about sixties-era politics and strained mother-child relations. It was named the #1 Book of the Year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Amazon, Newsday, Library Journal and many others. The Nix was a finalist for the Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle for Best Debut of 2016. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago, and beyond, The Nix explores — with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness — the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change. Hill has been compared to John Irving, Charles Dickens and Thomas Pynchon as well.

To reserve a copy of these authors’ books or for more information, visit the library at or call (352) 334-3900.


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  

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