Sat 5/19, 2pm:
Ralph Hardy discusses his middle-grade novel Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog, now in paperback
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"Argos offers mythology-loving 9- to 12-year-olds a fresh point of access to the great story". -Wall Street Journal
In this reimagining of the classic epic The Odyssey, Ralph Hardy has given the storytelling reigns to Odysseus’s loyal dog, Argos, who waits in Ithaka, never giving up hope for his master’s safe return. This is a thrilling tale of loyalty and determination based on one of the most beloved myths of all time.
For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, all he wants is to be reunited with his family. On his long journey back, he defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive trials and tribulations to do whatever he can to finally reach home and those he left behind. Unsure of Odysseus’s health, they have despaired in the passing years.
Now, Argos has finally found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage, and knowing he’s alive is both a gift and a burden. As Ithaka is threatened from within by those who would take Odysseus’s throne and become the new king, Argos must protect Odysseus’s beloved wife, Penelope, and his young son Telemachos from the interlopers. All the while, he waits and watches for his master, ever loyal, knowing he must be ready for Odysseus to return.
Ralph Hardy is a professor of English at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and received his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and children and a dog named Harvey, who is nothing like Argos. He is the author of The Cheetah Diaries, Lefty: A Novel, and a number of short stories.