FIGHT SONGS out (& about) now

Get your copy from your local bookstore, and come see me on tour:

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 — WINSTON-SALEM, NC
FIGHT SONGS book launch
7 pm at Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth St. #110
In conversation with Dave Goren of the National Sports Media Association


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 — RALEIGH, NC
7 pm at Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
In conversation with Blair editor-in-chief Robin Miura


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 — CHARLOTTE, NC

3 – 5 pm at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center
In-person book signing

 

7 pm in cyberspace
In conversation with Tommy Tomlinson


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 — GREENVILLE, SC

5:30 pm at M Judson Booksellers, 130 S. Main Street
In conversation with Scott Gould


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 — BIRMINGHAM, AL

5 pm at the Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South in Homewood
Book signing & brief remarks


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 — TUSCALOOSA, AL

5:30 – 6:30 pm at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, 1928 7th Street
In conversation with John Archibald


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 — ATLANTA, GA
7 pm at A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave NE
In conversation with Richard Eldredge


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 — WINSTON-SALEM, NC
1 pm at the Bookmarks Festival, downtown Winston-Salem
“Ideas of Home” panel discussion with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle & Jason Mott


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 — CHAPEL HILL, NC
5:30 pm at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
In conversation with Daniel Wallace


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 — GREENSBORO, NC
3 pm at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 — ASHEVILLE, NC
At Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood Street
Live broadcast with Asheville FM’s Steve Sax Syndrome


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 — SPARTANBURG, SC
7 pm at Hub City Bookshop, 186 W. Main Street


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 — SYLVA, NC
5 pm at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson Street

 

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FIGHT SONGS: A STORY OF LOVE & SPORTS IN A COMPLICATED SOUTH

A wry and witty commentary on college sports and identity in the complicated social landscape of the South.

Ed Southern, lifelong fan of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, the smallest school in the NCAA’s Power 5, set out to tell the story of how he got tangled, in vines of history and happenstance, with the two giants of his favorite sport: the Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. He set out to tell how a North Carolina native crossed the shifty, unmarked border between Tobacco Road and the Deep South. He set out to tell how the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, from beyond the grave, introduced him to his wife, a Birmingham native and die-hard Alabama fan.

While he was writing that story, though, 2020 came along.

Suddenly his questions had a new and urgent focus: Why do sports mean so much that so many will play and watch them in the face of a global pandemic? How have the South’s histories shaped its fervor for college sports? How have college sports shaped how southerners construct their identities, priorities, and allegiances? Why is North Carolina passionate about college basketball when its neighbors to the South live and die by college football? Does this have anything to do with North Carolina’s reputation as the most “progressive” southern state, a state many in the Deep South don’t think is “really” southern? If college sports really do mean so much in the South, then why didn’t everyone down south wear masks or recognize that Black Lives Matter, even after the coaches told us to?

Fight Songs explores the connections and contradictions between the teams we root for and the places we plant our roots; between the virtues that sports are supposed to teach and the cutthroat business they’ve become; between the hopes of fans and the demands of the past, present, and future.

“I promise that you have never read a book that so beautifully and intimately reveals the soul at the center of sports fandom—that understands so fully what it means to root. Fight Songs is a book about love and history and culture. Its truths are arrived at honestly and without pretense and it is, quite simply, one of the greatest sports books you will ever read.”
—Travis Mulhauser, Sweetgirl

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Photo by Jess Blackstock Studios

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