Blythe Randolph & John Loughery - Dorothy Day

Blythe Randolph & John Loughery - Dorothy Day

Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 7:00 PM

Location:
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Co-authors Blythe Randolph and John Loughery visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss and sign copies of their new book, "Dorothy Day," the first full authoritative biography on the American icon, radical pacifist, Catholic Convert, and activist whom Pope Francis I compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by pre-ordering a copy of "Dorothy Day" from A Cappella.

If you are unable to attend the event, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book for in-store pickup or delivery below:

About the Book

After a middle-class Republican childhood and a few years as a party Communist, Dorothy Day converted to Catholicism and became an anomaly in American life for almost fifty years. As an orthodox Catholic, political radical, and a rebel who courted controversy, she attracted three generations of admirers. Day went to jail challenging the draft and the war in Vietnam. She was critical of capitalism and foreign policy, and as skeptical of modern liberalism as political conservatism.

Her protests began in 1917, leading to her arrest during the suffrage demonstration outside President Wilson’s White House. In 1940 she spoke in Congress against the draft and urged young men not to register. She frequented jail throughout the 1950s protesting the nuclear arms race. She told audiences in 1962 that President Kennedy was as much to blame for the Cuban missile crisis. She refused to hear any criticism of the pope, though she sparred with American bishops and priests who lived in well-appointed rectories and tolerated racial segregation in their parishes.

"Dorothy Day" is the exceptional biography of a dedicated modern-day pacifist, the most outspoken advocate for the poor, and a lifelong anarchist. This definitive and insightful account explores the influence this controversial and yet “sainted” woman still has today.

About the Authors

Blythe Randolph is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She is the author of previous biographies of Amelia Earhart and of Charles Lindbergh. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three rescue dogs.

John Loughery is the author of three previous books, "Alias S. S. Van Dine," "John Sloan: Painter and Rebel," and "The Other Side of Silence: Men’s Lives and Gay Identities, a Twentieth Century History," the last two of which were New York Times Notable Books. His biography of John Sloan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He lives in New York.