On Sunday, August 4th at 2 PM, we are pleased to welcome longtime northshore resident Barnaby Dinges to the store to discuss and sign copies fo his new memoir, Ragged Run. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Dinges will be interviewed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy.
About the book:
It’s the early 1960s in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lincoln Park, Chicago. Nine-year-old Barnaby Dinges and older brother, Casey, are living a charmed childhood with their stylish mom, Ricka, who has the soul of a great writer; and cool dad, Chuck, a hot-shot advertising exec with a flair for slogans that would make Mad Men’s Don Draper envious.
In what seems like the span of a minute, the rug is pulled out from under the two boys as trouble brews on the horizon. That trouble would rob Barnaby and Casey of both parents within two years, but it wouldn’t stop there. Their grave losses would bring the siblings trials and despair spanning the next decade, in the form of a loveless foster family who challenged both Barnaby and Casey to a breaking point…and eventually, to fight back with everything they had.
Ragged Run is a memoir about survival, hope, and the determination to make it through tomorrow. With insight and humor, and aided by Ricka’s journal (found a decade after her death), Barnaby recounts his journey from painful loss, to impermanent hopelessness, to true happiness. The result is a moving tribute to his family, one that will speak to anyone who has experienced their own ragged run through the often trying streets of life.
About the author:
Barnaby Dinges has been writing professionally for nearly 40 years and has authored features for the Peoria Journal Star, Berkeley Gazette, and Contra Costa Independent. He has also worked as an investigative journalist for The Chicago Reporter and, as a freelance writer, has published stories with Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Reader. He was also profiled by the New York Times alongside his lifelong financial advisor, Sanford Kovitz.
Barnaby’s varied career began as a teacher at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, his alma mater. He also worked for many years in Illinois politics and international public relations. Barnaby is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and received an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Barnaby currently lives in Northfield, Illinois with his wife Vicky and their famous Cairn Terrier, Emerson Boozer—aka The Coyote Wrestler. He is a frequent visitor to his parents’ gravesite at the historic Graceland Cemetery just north of Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ragged Run is his debut book.