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David N. Lucsko, author of "Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past," will be hosting a book talk on Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, located at 101 S. Debardeleben St.

"Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust" is a nuanced exploration of the business of dismantling wrecks and selling second-hand parts. It examines the reinterpretation of these cars and parts by artists as well as their restoration by enthusiasts. It also surveys the origin and evolution of gearhead-oriented yards that specialize in specific types of automobiles; dissects the material and emotional appeal of the salvage yard and its contents among enthusiasts; and examines how zoning and nuisance ordinances have affected both salvage businesses and hobbyists.

Lucsko is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Auburn University. He is the author of "The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915–1990."

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center’s webpage.