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Mark Kurlansky and Robert Lipsyte at the Festival of Books and Authors
Mandel JCC of Cleveland
Beachwood, OH
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Mark Kurlansky and Robert Lipsyte at the Festival of Books and Authors
Mark Kurlansky, Author of Hank Greenberg, The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One

Bestselling author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish sports superstar. Kurlansky explores the truth behind the slugger's legend -- his Bronx boyhood, his spectacular discipline as an aspiring ballplayer, his decision not to play on Yom Kippur and the virulent anti-semitism in which his career played out.

The son of Orthodox, Yiddish-speaking immigrants, Greenberg grew up in a largely-Jewish world that he longed to break out of to become an American. To reach this goal he took up baseball and became a superstar. as one of the most famous Jews in America during its most anti-semitic time, Greenberg learned a graceful and wise way to combat bigotry.

"Kurlansky effectively adds admirable layers to a 'quintessential secular Jew'' often misunderstood and certainly deserving of more appreciation, on and off the field."  Post and Courier

Robert Lipsyte: An Accidental Sportswriter

An Accidental Sportswriter is a memoir by Pulitzer Prize runner-up Robert Lipsyte, one of the most respected and controversial sportswriters in the country. Ironically, Lipsyte grew up at the library  not the ball park  and is not a sports fan. He got into the business by accident when he took a summer job as a copy boy in The New York Times' sports department. He was an outsider to jock culture and was a rarity in the press-box  a sportswriter who didn't like sports. Lipsyte worked his way through the ranks and spent the next 50 years as a reporter, columnist and a network correspondent. In his memoir, Lipsyte brings to vivid life his subjects, who in turn became his teachers  legends like Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle and Billie Jean King.

Lipsyte is currently a city and sports columnist for The New York Times and host of the weekly PBS show LIFE. He has written sixteen books, has served as a correspondent at CBS and NBC and won an Emmy in 1990 for on-camera achievement as host of the nightly WNET public affairs broadcast, The Eleventh Hour.

"Lipsyte's unconventional sporting life makes must reading for thinking fans everywhere."  Booklist

Moderator:  Randy Solganik

Light ballpark dinner served


Mandel JCC of Cleveland (View)
26001 South Woodland
Beachwood, OH 44122
United States

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