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Authors Deford, Brinkley and Bissinger next up for Maryville Talks Books

on May 14, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Maryville Talks Books, a signature author series from Maryville University, will feature three authors in May and June.

Upcoming authors include renowned sportswriter Frank Deford, historian Douglas Brinkley who wrote about Missouri native Walter Cronkite and author Buzz Bissinger, known for his sports books but writing more recently about his two sons. Admission to these on-campus events is free and open to the public, with seating on a first come, first served basis. These events include a reading, a question-and-answer segment and a book signing. Event goers can purchase featured books from Left Bank Books at each evennt.

Frank Deford – Over Time
Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium
Acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford has written and reported for Sports Illustrated since 1962 and is well known for his commentary on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and his work on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He is also known for his work to combat cystic fibrosis, after his daughter, Alexandra, died from the disease in 1980.
His book, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, is as wide-ranging as Frank Deford’s remarkable career, in which he has chronicled figures from just about every sport in nearly every medium. From the Mad Men-like days of Sports Illustrated in the 1960s to Deford’s visit to apartheid South Africa with tennis great Arthur Ashe, Over Time is packed with intriguing people and stories.

Douglas Brinkley – Cronkite
Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium
Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite, a Missouri native from St. Joseph, Mo. An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries and other artifacts to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait. He has also interviewed nearly 200 of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer and Jimmy Buffett.

Buzz Bissinger – Father’s Day
Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium
Buzz Bissinger, the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August, about the St. Louis Cardinals and  their legendary manager Tony La Russa, has written his new memoir, Father’s Day. His two sons were born more than three months premature in 1983. The eldest by a few minutes goes on to become a graduate student at Penn; the younger twin, Zach, has intellectual deficiencies. On a road trip with his son, Zach, Bissinger comes to appreciate his savant son’s excellent memory and reflexive honesty.

More information is available from Special Events Coordinator Chris Hollenbeck at 314.529.9512 or

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