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Durham County Library Hosts Dr. Simon Partner, Author of Bull City Survivor

Program: Meet the Author: Simon Partner
Date: Sunday, January 26
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dr. Simon Partner, professor of history at Duke University, for a discussion of his book, Bull City Survivor: Standing Up to a Hard Life of a Southern City at 3 p.m., on Sunday, January 26, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.

Partner co-wrote the book with Emma Johnston (a pseudonym) whose son was killed in 2007, one of the 25 to 30 people (many of them African-American young men) who fall victim to gun violence each year in Durham. By looking at the rapid postwar history of Durham through the eyes of one of its least advantaged residents, the book sheds light on the social and economic conditions that influence the culture of Durham with deadly results. A book signing will follow the reading.

The program is the second in a weekend-long series called Violence in Durham: What Can We Do? The first program in the series, Confronting Violence in Our Community, will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, January 25, at the Main Library.

Partner is a professor of Japanese History at Duke University and volunteers with the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham.

This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. 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

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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