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    July 23, 2018
    New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man, investigative reporter

    With her latest work of nonfiction, DOPESICK:
    Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company
    that Addicted America

    As featured in the 7/22 Sunday Review of the New York Times, also recommended summer reading. The only book to fully chart the opioid crisis.

    Tuesday, August 21, at 7:00pm

    “Another deep—and deeply needed—look into the troubled soul of America.”
    Tom Hanks

    “[O]nly in death are those who are addicted seen as victims, as patients who might have been worthy of medical care.”
    —Beth Macy, New York Times Sunday Review

    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, reserved seat,
    author presentation, Q+A, and author meet-and-greet/signing

    Portsmouth, NH, July 23, 2018 - On Tuesday, August 21, investigative reporter Beth Macy will visit The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series to discuss her inside account of today’s opioid crisis, DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America.  The book has been heralded in the press as an unforgettable portrait of families and first responders on the front lines that offers an honest assessment of the epidemic and possible solutions for slowing, even stopping, it.  
    The 7pm event includes a presentation by the author and moderated Q&A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The event will be moderated by Chris Curtis, Film and Outreach Manager at the Music Hall.

    “Here at The Music Hall we have had several public forums and films on this critical topic, and we are honored to be continuing the dialogue with this investigative expert. The opioid crisis is affecting all of us at all income levels across the country, and some of us, quite personally,” said Curtis. “DOPESICK not only chronicles the epidemic’s origins and effects, but also confronts the future by considering the effects of proposed policies, surveying what remains systemically broken, and highlighting new approaches from across the US that show promise.”

    In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

    Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question—why her only son died—and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

    Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope—and finds signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

    Beth Macy is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books Truevine and Factory Man. Based in Roanoke, Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.
    Chris Curtis, Film and Outreach Manager, has been with The Music Hall since 2006, coordinating School Days Series operations, managing youth arts outreach opportunities in collaboration with various local non-profits, and curating the year-round Film Series. He also curates and moderates the Innovation + Leadership documentary film series with expert post-film panel discussions. Mr. Curtis is an accomplished actor, musician and parent of two young children.

    Tickets for Innovation + Leadership: Beth Macy on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:00pm are $42 ($40 for members) and include an autographed copy of DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America ($28 hardcover), bar beverage, reserved seat, author presentation, Q&A and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org

    For images, please see: https://goo.gl/photos/UENT8hSiMjZnrTWt5

    About Innovation + Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation + Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond – all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism, and family matters, each Innovation + Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation + Leadership series delivers on that commitment.

    Presenting Sponsor: ALNOBA

    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire


    “[A] timely investigative report…Macy follows one specific drug through the range of problems it has caused, the people it has hurt, the difficulties in fighting it and the glimmers of hope that remain.” Janet Maslin, New York Times

    “I’m still in withdrawal from Dopesick, a harrowing journey through the history and contemporary hell-scape of drug addiction. Beth Macy brings a big heart, a sharp eye, and a powerful sense of place to the story of ordinary Americans in the grip of an extraordinary crisis.” —Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the National bestseller Confederates in the Attic

    “Beth Macy writes about our opioid epidemic but Dopesick is not about the drugs. It’s a book about kids and moms and neighbors and the people who try to save them. It’s about shame and stigma and desperation. It’s about bad policy, greed and corruption. It’s a Greek tragedy with a chorus of teenage ghosts who know how to text but can’t express how they feel.”—Senator Tim Kaine

    “Over twenty years ago, while living in southwest Virginia and upper east Tennessee, I saw the quiet arrival of HIV, affecting a few families. Beth Macy’s extraordinary book tells of a new plague, far more devastating than that other, and ironically this one was accelerated by the medical profession and by unscrupulous pharma bent on profit. It's a tragic story, beautifully told, but redemption comes in the heroic figures of patients, parents, judges, physicians, and prosecutors and others who did the right thing. Dopesick is the best exploration I have read of an epidemic that is very much with us.” —Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and Cutting for Stone

    “Everyone should read Beth Macy’s story of the American opioid epidemic, of suffering, of heroism and stupidity, and of the corporate greed and regulatory failure that lies behind it. With compassion and humanity, Macy takes us into the lives of the victims, their families, law enforcement, and even some of the criminals. A great book!” —Professor Anne C Case, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University and Sir Angus Deaton, FBA HonFRSE and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

    Dopesick will make you shudder with rage and weep with sympathy. Beth Macy's empathy and fearless reporting reaches beyond the headlines to tell the stories of how real people have been left to cope with the fallout of corporate greed, and the willful blindnesses of businesses and the government. Macy again shows why she's one of America's best non-fiction writers” –Brian Alexander, author of Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town

    "Dopesick is both a tribute to those who lost and a fierce rebuke to those who took, and the new guidebook for understanding this quintessentially American crisis." —Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

    “All prior books on this topic, including my own, were written as if describing the trunk, the ear, or the tail, without quite capturing the whole elephant. Journalist Beth Macy has packed the entire elephant and then some into one book. Her writing jumps from the page with a fast-paced narrative, colorful and inspiring characters, vivid historical detail, and a profound sense of place.” — Dr. Anna Lembke, author of Drug Dealer, M.D., psychiatrist and professor of addiction medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine

    “Macy’s use of current research by various experts makes clear how complex the opioid problem is, but the strength of this narrative comes from the people in the day-to-day battle.” Library Journal
    “Macy potently mixes statistics and hard data with tragic stories of individual sufferers, as well as those who love and attempt to treat them. . . . Macy’s forceful and comprehensive overview makes clear the scale and complexity of America’s opioid crisis.” Publishers Weekly STARRED review

    “[A] crucial and many-faceted look at a still-unfolding national crisis, making this a timely and necessary read.” Booklist STARRED review

    “An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.”Kirkus STARRED review

    “The first book to completely chart America’s current opioid crisis.” Garden & Gun

    “Beth Macy is not satisfied with myths or side-bars. She seeks the very hearts of the people who are running the long marathons of struggle and survival - of Life. Dopesick is another deep - and deeply needed - look into the troubled soul of America.” —Tom Hanks

    Praise for FACTORY MAN

    “[An] illuminating, deeply patriotic David vs. Goliath book. They give out awards for this kind of thing.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times

    “A well-crafted and epic tale... Beth Macy’s prodigious research and colorful writing make this book worthwhile for anyone interested in reviving American industry.”—Marc Levinson, Wall Street Journal

    “A truly remarkable work of researched narrative nonfiction. Factory Man does justice to every hidden corner of the story. It’s a book that leaves you feeling better for having read it.”San Francisco Chronicle

    Factory Man deserves to be read for anyone wanting to wrap their heads around the present-day dynamics and politics of globalization. Macy’s book is an important read.”Los Angeles Times

    “Exhaustively researched and deeply nuanced.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region’s cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner—the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters—an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine and is a designated “American Treasure for the Arts.” Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish.  

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