Barnaby Dinges: Ragged Run
Barnaby Dinges has been writing professionally for nearly 40 years, including work as an investigative journalist for The Chicago Reporter and, as a freelance writer, publishing stories with the Chicago Tribune, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader.
His first book, Ragged Run, is a memoir--one that will speak to anyone who has experienced their own ragged run through the often trying streets of life. Dinges looks back to his Chicago childhood in the early 1960s in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lincoln Park. In what seemed like the span of a minute, the rug was pulled out from under Barnaby and his older brother Casey. That trouble would rob Barnaby and Casey of both parents within two years, but it wouldn’t stop there. Their grave losses would bring the siblings trials and despair spanning the next decade, in the form of a loveless foster family who challenged both Barnaby and Casey to a breaking point...and eventually, to fight back with everything they had. Ragged Run is a memoir about survival, hope, and the determination to make it through tomorrow.
Barnaby Dinges joins us tonight in conversation with former Evanston RoundTable reporter Shawn Jones.