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Posted on: August 14, 2019

National Speaker Series Returns to Slover Library

The Catherine Brinkley Memorial Lecture series returns to Slover Library for a second year.

National Speaker Series Returns to Slover Library 

NORFOLK, VA— The Catherine Brinkley Memorial Lecture series returns to Slover Library for a second year, bringing award-winning authors to discuss their books for this year’s theme: Resilience. The lecture series honors Catherine “Kate” Lee Brinkley, a professional librarian at the City of Norfolk’s Kirn Memorial Library. She loved people and was dedicated to educating the citizens of Norfolk through the many services and programs of the Norfolk Public Library system. The second year of this three-part lecture series brings authors to Norfolk to keep the spirit of community discourse about current events alive and to celebrate recently published books of national acclaim. Each lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception and book signing will be available at all three events.

Author Beth Macy kicks off year two of the Brinkley series with her third novel, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018).  Growing out of three decades of reporting from the same Virginia communities in her prior books, Dopesick unpacks the most intractable social problems of our time: the opioid crisis. Set against a landscape of job loss, corporate greed and stigma, the book takes readers into the epicenter of the nation’s opioid addiction. Overdose deaths now number more than 130 people per day, yet government response to the epidemic remains impotent.  

Dopesick lays out exactly how the powerful pharmaceutical industry and its lobbyists profited in out-of-the-way towns by flooding the market with opioids. Americans, often poor, rural whites, suffer pain and receive prescriptions for powerful opioid medications. 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.” 

Also, in the Brinkley Series lineup:

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About Slover Library

Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region. An example of a dynamic public library, it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.

Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information.

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