Meet the Author Tea and Meeting of Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

Post Date:05/01/2017 5:00 PM

The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library will hold their annual meeting at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, May 7, followed by a Meet-the-Author Tea featuring Art Chansky. These events are free and open to the public.

The brief business meeting will include elections of board members and officers and a look at the 2017-2018 budget. The meeting is open to members and anyone who is interested in becoming a member.

There will be a 15 minute break between the meeting and refreshments. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the Meet the Author Tea will run from 4 to 5 p.m.

Art Chansky’s newest book is Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town, an amazing story about Dean Smith as a young humanitarian who changed the history of sports in the South and, at the same time, transformed a university and a community.

This is the story of five Morehead Scholars from 1967 who all ended up on the freshman basketball team.  It is also the story of Dean Smith’s humanity and concern for his players to make sure they were comfortable both on and off the court, Scott said of Smith, “When you played for him, he was your coach, your disciplinarian, your teacher [and after graduation] he became a friend, a father, and a mentor.”  Basketball was a lesser sport than football at the university and UNC athletics was not racially integrated. 

Art Chansky is well-known in Chapel Hill as a sports columnist and commentator for and WCHL radio for more than thirty years.  He has produced movies on the Duke-Carolina rivalry.  He has written seven other books on the history of UNC Basketball and Dean Smith, including March to the Top, The Dean’s List, The Dean’s List, Dean’s Domain, Blue Blood, Light Blue Reign and The Blue Divide. 

Art Chansky graduated from UNC in 1970 and has covered every Duke-Carolina game since 1968. He lives on the Chapel Hill-Durham border with his family and animal friends. 

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