Book Club Series: Meet the Author

In Search of Circle Z

  • Date & Time

    Monday, July 15, 2024
    7:30 pm ET

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When Constance Dry began to experience spontaneous mental images brought on by chronic migraine disease, she termed them “memoryscapes.” These memoryscapes were inspired by the landscape of Circle Z Ranch where Dry has spent time since childhood, and they have helped alleviate the pain of migraine.

In In Search of Circle Z, Dry explores the relationship between these unbidden images and habitat dioramas, specifically those in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Through a series of photographs, drawings, and mini-dioramas, she illustrates their similarity and explains how her internal imagery works to provide a place of refuge from pain and a source of new experiences each time they are viewed.

Illustrated with color photographs throughout.

Get the Book: Purchase directly from the author here or Amazon here.


Constance Dry

Constance Dry, Author

Ms. Dry trained as a documentary filmmaker in a visual anthropology, has had a lifelong fascination with still and moving images. Her company, Ethnovision, specialized in work for government and nonprofit organizations. No longer able to practice filmmaking due to migraine disease, she has discovered drawing.

Ms. Dry attended Mt. Holyoke College, Temple University and the Graduate Institute of St. John's College. She lives in Philadelphia.

Shirley Kessel

Shirley Kessel, Miles for Migraine Executive Director

Shirley is the mom of three daughters, two of whom live with migraine. When her youngest daughter Sydney became diagnosed at an early age, they both decided that it was time to take action to bring awareness and raise money for migraine research. They contacted Eileen Jones, who founded the Miles for Migraine race in San Francisco, and brought the race to the Philadelphia community in 2013. She became the Executive Director in 2017 when it became apparent that Miles for Migraine should take the race series around the USA.

Shirley has worked in healthcare since 1983 and has served on various non-profit boards since 1991. She won’t retire until a cure is found for this disabling disease.