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Brown Bag Lunch with Gambler’s Daughter Author Annette Dunlap

Program: Meet the Author: Annette Dunlap
Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 12 noon
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host North Carolina author Annette Dunlap as she shares her experiences growing up with a father who gambled and how she came to terms with his addiction. Dunlap will discuss the surprising information she encountered while researching her book. The public is invited to bring a lunch and join this presentation and discussion about forgiveness, healing and hope. The program will take place at noon on Wednesday, May 8 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

In exploring her father’s gambling addiction, the author uncovered a hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community. Screening calls from her father’s creditors, hiding his mail from her mother—being the child of a compulsive gambler wasn’t easy, and Dunlap thought for years that her experience was a singular one. But when she learned that her grandfather had also been involved in gambling, she realized the extent to which gambling was a part of her family history.

The Gambler’s Daughter is both a personal story of a father’s gambling addiction and a more general inquiry into the hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community.

Dunlap is an independent scholar and journalist. She is the author of the award-winning Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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