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In Conversation with Bronwen Dickey "Pit Bull"

We love our dogs here at M. Judson. We’re excited to host author Bronwen Dickey and her fabulous cultural history, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

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, TV's "Little Rascals"—come to be known as a brutal fighter. So she started doing a little research….

Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With 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.

Joining Bronwen in conversation will be Greenville County’s Animal Care Community Relations Coordinator, Paula Church.

 Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in Best American Travel Writing 2009, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Men's Journal, Slate, Garden & Gun, Popular Mechanics and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She lives in North Carolina.