Meet the author of Lombardi biography

Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss will discuss his book, “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” at the Windhover Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 13.

Maraniss will discuss his book with Fond du Lac Reporter Managing Editor Mike Mentzer at a free gathering at 7 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Maraniss will be on hand for an intimate “Meet the Author” event. A limited number of tickets will go on sale for $5 each on September 6 at the Windhover and the Fond du Lac Public Library. Ticketholders will be privy to hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and reserved seating at the 7 p.m. free event. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

“When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Lombardi” has been selected for a month-long Fond du Lac Reads celebration in October. The book is a thorough review of the iconic coach’s life, from his childhood as an Italian immigrant butcher’s son in Brooklyn to his seminal tenure as Packers coach from 1959 to 1967.

BookList wrote: “This is a carefully researched, often poignant, three-dimensional biography. In an era where image is usually synonymous with illusion, it is refreshing to realize that Lombardi, whose private and public selves were so similar, was a man of substance and depth.” Sports Illustrated wrote, “(The book) forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published.”

The library will host special events to help foster discussion and understanding on the ideas and themes of the book throughout October.

Madison native Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is author of eight books, including “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton;” “They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, 1967;” and most recently, “Into the Story: A Writer’s Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss.” He’s now putting the finishing touches on a biography of Barack Obama, “Man of the World,” scheduled for publication in spring 2012.

Maraniss won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He also was part of The Washington Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer for the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.

“When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” has been adapted into a critically acclaimed Broadway play, “Lombardi,” which will begin a run at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Milwaukee on October 11.

“Meet the Author” is sponsored by the Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library. A limited number of tickets is available at the Main Desk of the Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St., and at the Windhover Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St. For more information, call the library at (920) 929-7080, ext. 146.


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