“Zoo Nebraska” author Carson Vaughan to speak at Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library is pleased to welcome author Carson Vaughan to W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800, on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. Vaughan is the author of “Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream,” and he will be joined in conversation by Omaha World-Herald columnist Matthew Hansen. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site through The Bookworm.

A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance, and of decent people and questionable choices, “Zoo Nebraska” is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction. Royal, Nebraska – a town of 81 people – was home to a small roadside zoo for nearly 20 years thanks to Dick Haskin, a Royal native who returned from college in Lincoln with a chimpanzee and a dream to begin a primate research center. While it seemed his vision was becoming a reality, eventually it all fell apart, ending in tragedy and outrage.

Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from Nebraska who writes frequently about the Great Plains. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, Outside, Pacific Standard, Slate, The Atlantic, VICE, In These Times, and more. "Zoo Nebraska" is his first book. Learn more about the author at carsonvaughan.com.

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