COCC Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

Author Beth Macy: Reporting From the Margins

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend

Tickets $15. Available 9/1/17 at

In her talk, “Reporting from the Margins,” Beth Macy, a New York Times best-selling author and journalist, tells the stories of gritty underdogs from rural America who battle greed  and exploitation to win justice for their communities.

Macy’s recent book, “True Vine,” tells the true story of two young African-American brothers who were kidnapped by the circus. George and Willie Muse performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their albino skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even “Ambassadors from Mars.” Back home, their mother never accepted that they were “gone” and spent 28 years trying to get them back.

Macy will talk about her writing process and how her nonfiction narratives draw upon decades of analysis, journalistic investigation, and on-the-ground reporting to help readers understand complicated social issues such as globalization, racial injustice, and the opioid epidemic, the subject of her next book.

About the Author

Beth Macy is an author, a journalist, a frequent lecturer/speaker and a former reporter. Her work has appeared in national magazines and The Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.