The official “book launch” reading for Lines of Scrimmage was held at the Barnes and Noble at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, SC, on September 10, 2015. A standing-room-only audience of about fifty people heard Joe Oestreich and me talk about and read from the book. We took questions after the 45-minute reading and then signed books for about thirty people who either bought them at the B&N or brought them to the event. After the event, Joe and I went to Tupelo Honey with a group of twenty close friends for a little opening-night celebration. Many thanks to the fine people at the Barnes and Noble and at Tupelo Honey for a great night. Extra special thanks to people who came to the reading, especially those who bought books and asked questions at the end.
Future Lines of Scrimmage events are listed on the Events page on this site. If you can come out to a reading or book signing, please do. We’d love to meet and talk to readers and potential readers. Hope to see you out there on the road!
Lines of Scrimmage—release date September 1, 2015–is now just a little over ten weeks from appearing on shelves. The book is being published by the University Press of Mississippi, which publishes books on Southern history and culture as well as titles on music, sports, and race issues. They also have a line of books on comics and graphic novels.
The new UPM catalog (PDF) has been released, and Lines of Scrimmage is right there on page 9 of it. Of course I want everyone to order up a copy of our book (“ours” as in co-written by Joe Oestreich and me), but I would also encourage you to check out the entire selection of books offered by UPM. They really are doing some fine work at the press, and I’m happy to be associated with such an excellent university press.
Lines of Scrimmage, my first book publication, co-written with Joe Oestreich of the Coastal Carolina English Department will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in September 2015. The book tells the story of the 1989 Conway (SC) High School football boycott. In that year, almost all of the black players walked off the team for the entire season when the coach chose to move the previous year’s starting quarterback (a black senior) to defensive back and start a white junior instead. The Conway Tigers went from having state-championship hopes to a team that won only once, and more importantly, a conflict that started on the football field led to a series of protests and marches that have come to be known as the Conway Movement. Sports Illustrated and other national news media covered the story in 1989, and this book blends a retelling of the events of that year with updates on the major characters from the story. You can check this site for news about the book or information about readings and events related to the book