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Bronwen Dickey and John Lane 

When: Wed., June 1, 7 p.m. 2016



Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, the excellent new book by the Triangle's Bronwen Dickey, cuts directly to the conflict. In the prologue, Dickey sketches an emblematic scene of a family caravanning back to North Carolina from a short vacation. They have two dogs, including a pit named Patton, in one car. But after a police miscommunication, a trigger-happy officer kills Patton, after the dog squrims free from the car, at close range. "He didn't see a family dog at all," writes Dickey of the cop. "He saw a monster." For the next 270 pages, Dickey draws on hundreds of interviews and thousands of pages of scientific studies and police reports to explore the evolution of a nebulous breed's Jekyll-and-Hyde reputation. It's extensively researched and passionately articulate; Dickey's acumen as a reporter and enthusiasm as a new pit bull owner combine in a text that treats its subject with nuance and care. This week she shares three local readings (June 1 at Flyleaf Books, June 2 at the Regulator Bookshop, and June 3 at Quail Ridge Books, all at 7 p.m.) with John Lane, a South Carolina writer who roved the region in search of a relatively new settler, the coyote. —Grayson Haver Currin


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