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In Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, bestselling author Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His non-fiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times Bestseller. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Almond writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. A former sports reporter and play-by-play man, Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.
Jon Raymond is the author of the novels The Half-Life and Rain Dragon, and the short story collection, Livability, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s selection, and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the writer of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction. He is also cowriter of the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. He is an editor of Plazm Magazine and a contributing editor to Tin House Magazine. His writing has appeared in Tin House, The Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, and many other publications. Raymond lives in Portland and claims to not know the difference between a two-point conversion and a field goal.
Both authors will read from their work, and then be joined for a moderated discussion about sports and its place in our culture. The conversation will be moderated by Paul Martone, Executive Director of Late Night Library.