This month the Stellina Author’s Night moves to Sunday, so that we can welcome long-time Globe columnist Bob Ryan with his new book “Scribe: My Life In Sports.” The event will be on Sunday April 26 at 5:30.
For area sport’s fans, Bob needs no introduction. He started at the Globe in 1968, and continued to be a regular contributor until 2012. He’s perhaps most famous as the Globe’s everyday beat writer who reported on the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird era.
“Over nearly half a century, Bob Ryan has seen so much, covered so much, and been a part of so much of what mattered in American sports. It would take at least a trilogy to touch on all of it. But for now, this is a damn good start.” – Bob Costas, TV reporter/anchor
Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the “quintessential American sportswriter.” For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds.Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper-and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people-players, management, the reading public-probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover-golf-and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world’s most admired journalists.
“The greatest treasue and pleasure in my life is to be a friend of Bob Ryan. His brilliant new book SCRIBE allows you the same privilege. This is your front row ticket to the greatest show on earth – all courtesy of the finest story-teller and tour-guide of our lifetime.” – Bill Walton, basketball Hall of Famer
Scribe is the story of Ryan’s life as a sportswriter, told in the direct, opinionated and enthusiastic style that characterized his newspaper writing. Sometimes brash, often cheering like a fan, never politically correct, Ryan comes across as one of the most honest scribes of the genre.
Author’s Night will be on Sunday April 26 at 5:30. This is a free event. Reservations are not required, except for those interested in staying after the talk for dinner.
A cash bar is available, and copies of Bob’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Haley Bookseller