Controversial Canines

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Saturday, 11:15-12:00

Pit bulls and coyotes - two often-maligned canines that are often misunderstood. In Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon, Bronwen Dickey's search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits to early twentieth‑century movie sets; from the battlefields, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized—and sometimes brutalized. With thoughtfulness, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans’ relationship with their dogs.

John Lane's Coyote Settles South is the story of his journey through the Southeast, as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, and even city streets. On his travels he meets, interrogates, and observes those who interact with the animals. Along the way, he encounters sensible, yet sometimes perplexing, insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote.


Bronwen Dickey

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at the Oxford American. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, Outside, and Popular Mechanics, 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.
John Lane

John Lane is a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College. His books include Waist Deep in Black Water, Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, Circling Home, and My Paddle to the Sea (all Georgia). He also coedited, with Gerald Thurmond, The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South (also Georgia). He has published several volumes of poetry, essays, and a novel, as well as a selection of his online columns, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.


Kate Tuttle

Kate Tuttle writes on books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she also serves as director of the Decatur Writers Studio, a newly launched literary center that is a project of the Decatur Book Festival. Tuttle lives in Decatur with her husband and son.