BRONWEN DICKEY - Pit Bull

 

 

Friday, July 22 at 7PM

Journalist
BRONWEN DICKEY
speaking & signing
Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon

 

 

 

 

Come join us, the Austin Animal Center, and Austin Pets Alive tonight as journalist Bronwen Dickey introduces to us her new book Pit Bull. Learn the history of these beautiful dogs and why they now have such a bad reputation and what you can do to help turn that around.


ABOUT PIT BULL

The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.  

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals”—come to be known as a brutal fighter? 

Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits—the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA—to early twentieth‑century movie sets, where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized—and sometimes brutalized.

Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans’ relationship with their dogs.


ABOUT BRONWEN DICKEY

Bronwen Dickey is an essayist and journalist who writes regularly for the Oxford American. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, and Outside, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and a MacDowell Colony residency grant. She lives in North Carolina.


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Event date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307961761
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Knopf - May 10th, 2016

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