Author Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City in a discussion of his book Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge Cityon Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The essays that make up Dragging Wyatt Earp range from memoir to reportage to revisionist history. Rebein contrasts his hometown's Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
Along the way he revisits a number of Western myths, including those surrounding Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, George Armstrong Custer, and of course Wyatt Earp himself.
Of Dragging Wyatt Earp the Emporia Gazette writes: "Language and stories are two vital aspects of memoir. Dragging Wyatt Earp excels on both counts ... Rebein's memoir gives us a chance to think about our own relationship with our own hometown, recall our own stories, our own dreams. The book helps us remember the things we treasured in our town, what we took away from that place and what we left behind."
Rebein's family has farmed and ranched near Dodge City since the late 1920s. He teaches creative writing and directs the graduate program in English at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. He is also author of Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists, a study of the role of place in contemporary American fiction.
Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.