Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass will appear at the Chatham Public Library on Saturday, February 22, at 1:00 pm. A history professor by day, Amy Bass has written about sport and race for Slate, Salon, CNN Opinion, and The Christian Century, and has been seen on NBC’s TODAY Show and heard on NPR on shows that include “Midday” “Under the Radar” “The Takeaway” and “Only A Game.” She has served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports, winning at Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.
Her second book, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois, provides the first detailed account of the battle over Du Bois and his legacy, as well as a history of Du Bois’s early life in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Bass locates the roots of the hostility to memorialize Du Bois in a cold war worldview that reduced complicated politics to a vehement hatred of both communism and, more broadly, anti-Americanism. The town’s reaction was intensified, she argues, by the racism encoded within cold war patriotism.
Her latest book is One Goal: a Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, which tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state–and ultimately national–glory.
The Authors and Artists speakers series is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, and features a wide variety of fascinating speakers. This free event is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session and book sale.