South Words: Beth Macy

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020 | RON ROBINSON THEATER [100 River Market Ave., Little Rock]

6:30 PM—The Oxford American is excited to announce a special addition to its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, Factory Man, and Truevine. Moderating the discussion is Dr. Angela L. Scott, a professor at UAMS College of Medicine.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, the reading begins at 6:30 PM, and there will be a book signing after. Books will be for sale onsite. Macy profiled Robert Gipe and his change-making art in Appalachia for the OA’s Fall 2018 issue.

This special event is free to attend, and you can reserve your tickets here.

Our Presenting Sponsor for this event is the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics. South Words is presented in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System’s Six Bridges Book Festival.

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Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, Factory Man and Truevine. Her third nonfiction narrative is Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018).

Growing out of three decades of reporting from the same Virginia communities, as her prior books did, Dopesick unpacks the most intractable social problems of our time: the opioid crisis, set against a landscape of job loss, corporate greed and stigma, along with the families and first responders who are heroically fighting back. Overdose deaths are now the equivalent of a jetliner crashing in our country every day, and yet the government response to the epidemic remains, in a word, impotent.

Macy FactoryManDopesick is, in many ways, the sequel to Macy's first book, Factory Man. It lays out exactly how the jobless “other America” ended up couch-surfing with the likes of surgeon’s daughters and civic leaders’ kids who fall prey to prostitution, jail, and even death. Tom Hanks describes Dopesick as “a deep—and deeply needed—look into the troubled soul of America.” Stanford addiction medicine specialist and author Dr. Anna Lembke calls it the first book to capture the entirety of the epidemic, “with a fast-paced narrative, colorful and inspiring characters, vivid historical detail, and a profound sense of place.”

A longtime reporter who specializes in outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Lukas Prize for Factory Man, multiple shortlist and best-book-of-the-year honors for Truevine, and a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard for her newspaper writing.

A frequent speaker, teacher and essayist, Macy has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Oprah magazine, and Parade. Her approach to storytelling: Report from the ground up, establish trust, be patient, find stories that tap into universal truths. Get out of your ZIP code. To do good journalism, be a human first.

Angela Scott M.D, Ph.D., FAAP is an Assistant Professor in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics as well as the Department of Medical Humanities within the UAMS College of Medicine.