May
21
12:00 pm12:00

Book Fair in Middlebury, Vermont

The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff will be in Middlebury, Vermont, on Sunday, May 21, with two dozen other authors and illustrators for a book fair at the Post 27 American Legion Hall. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and he'll be reading from 3 to 3:15. He'll also have copies of his other books for sale and signing, including Big Game, Small World. You can find the American Legion Hall on Boardman Street off Route 7 South.

Mar
11
8:30 am08:30

The Audacity of Hoop: Breakfast with Craig Robinson and Alexander Wolff

Join two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Craig Robinson, VP with the Milwaukee Bucks and brother of Michelle Obama, and The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff for a breakfast presentation about the transformative power of basketball in the lives of young people, even future presidents. Former Sports Illustrated executive editor B.J. Schecter will moderate. Admission is free; donations will be accepted, and signed books will be sold, to benefit the work of Philadelphia Youth Basketball. For more information and to register, go to http://conta.cc/2mc7BfP 

May
29
1:45 pm13:45

North American Society for Sports History Annual Convention, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga.

The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff will join four distinguished writers for a panel entitled "Writing About Basketball: History, Culture, Politics" during the North American Society for Sports History's annual convention at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. University of Memphis historian and Bill Russell biographer Aram Goudsouzian will moderate the discussion, which will include Yago Colas, a Comp Lit professor at the University of Michigan and author of Ball Don't Lie: Myth, Genealogy and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball; Flinder Boyd, a freelance writer and former member of the Great Britain national team who played 10 seasons of pro ball in Europe and remains the career assists leader at Dartmouth; and Jack Hamilton, an Americanist and cultural historian at the University of Virginia who writes often about sports.
   The panel will take place from 1:45 to 3:15 in Room B of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring Street N.W., in downtown Atlanta. To register for the conference, go to the NASSH Web site.

Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

Tables of Content Gala, Rutland Free Library, Rutland, Vt.

The Audacity of Hoop's Alexander Wolff will be one of more than a dozen authors participating in the Rutland Free Library's semi-annual gala to celebrate regional literary culture and raise funds for the 129-year-old institution. The evening features a cocktail reception and book sales and signings, as well as a candlelight dinner in the library's historic Fox Room, at which authors rotate from table to table with each course. To order tickets for the Tables of Content gala, click here.

Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

The Audacity Of Hoop At The San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, Texas

More than 85 authors will participate in the 4th Annual San Antonio Book Festival in that Texas city, including The Audacity of Hoop's Alexander Wolff. Sport and politics will be a sub-theme of the event, with such participants as H. W. Brands (Reagan: A Life), Joe Nocera (Indentured), and Douglas Brinkley (author of biographies of Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and a forthcoming volume on FDR). The festival is set for Navarro Street downtown, in and around the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. For more information about the day's program, click here.

Alexander Wolff will share and comment on images from The Audacity of Hoop from 4:15 to 5 p.m. in The Studio of The McAllister Building of the Southwest School of Art, just across Augusta Street from the Central Library. A book signing will follow.

Mar
22
7:30 pm19:30

Varsity Letters Reading Series, Le Poisson Rouge, New York City

With the final NCAA bracket of Barack Obama's presidency as a backdrop, The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff will participate in the upcoming Varsity Letters event, presented by Gelf Magazine, at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Joining him will be Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire, a book about the origins and impact of the jump shot. Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street, between Sullivan and Thompson Streets. For more information, click here.

Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

Presentation and Signing, UConn Co-Op Bookstore, Storrs, Conn.

The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff will screen and comment on images from the book and lead a discussion about Obama, basketball, politics, sports and presidents. The event, originally planned for Feb. 8 before it was postponed by snow, is set for the University of Connecticut's Co-Op Bookstore at Storrs Center, One Royce Circle, across from Geno Auriemma's restaurant.

Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening To Benefit Reading Partners D.C.

Author Alexander Wolff will share and comment on images from The Audacity of Hoop during an event at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street N.W., in the District. After the presentation, books will be sold to benefit Reading Partners D.C., the local chapter of the nationally renowned literacy mentoring program. Click here for free tickets.

Feb
13
3:00 pm15:00

Reading and Discussion, Ben McNally Books, Toronto

Toronto's Ben McNally Books will host a reading and discussion with The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff over NBA All-Star Weekend. You can find the bookstore--whose eponymous proprietor is a Raptors season-ticket holder!--at 366 Bay Street downtown.

Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

Discussion and Signing, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.

Matt Fenlon, executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, joins The Audacity of Hoop author Alex Wolff on the day of the New Hampshire primary to talk basketball and presidential politics. The discussion, set for the Dodge Ballroom on the campus of Springfield College (only an outlet pass away from where the game was invented), will be moderated by Springfield professor of communications Marty Dobrow. Join us for this harmonic convergence of date and place!

Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

Reading and Signing, UConn Co-Op Bookstore, Storrs, Conn.

The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff will talk about Obama, basketball, politics, sports and presidents at the University of Connecticut Co-Op Bookstore at Storrs Center. Come out before catching the telecast of that evening's showdown between the UConn women and South Carolina. The UConn Co-Op is at One Royce Circle, across from Geno Auriemma's restaurant.

Jan
25
7:30 pm19:30

Presentation and Discussion, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

Alexander Wolff will screen and comment on images from The Audacity of Hoop at Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus during a program called "'Improvisation Within a Discipline': A Discussion on Basketball, Barack Obama and Our Times." He will be joined by four respondents: Middlebury faculty members Matthew Dickinson, a political scientist and presidential scholar; Rachael Joo, an Americanist who studies sport and society; and Jim Ralph, a civil rights historian; as well as independent scholar Claude Johnson, who founded Baller-in-Chief.com, a Web site devoted to Obama and basketball, and currently serves as executive director of the Black Fives Foundation. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion, and afterward the Vermont Book Shop will sell copies for signing. Dana Auditorium can be found right on Route 125 on campus, in the Sunderland Language Center building.

Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

Discussion and Signing, 57th Street Books, Chicago

Join the discussion at Barack Obama's favorite Chicago bookstore, 57th Street Books in Hyde Park, at 1301 East 57th Street near the University of Chicago campus. The Audacity of Hoop author Alex Wolff joins in conversation Rick Telander, senior sports columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times and author of Heaven Is a Playground, which in 2005 then-Senator Barack Obama called "the best basketball book I've ever read." They'll talk about the book, the game, POTUS, and all things presidency and sports. Signing to follow.

Dec
8
4:00 pm16:00

Discussion and Signing, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisc.

Ripon College president Zach Messitte will discuss themes in The Audacity of Hoop with author Alex Wolff at the college's Center for Politics and the People. President Messitte, who has an M.A. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Politics, teaches a course at Ripon about presidential leadership. He's also a former staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and at the United Nations, where he worked with the NBA to launch Basketball Without Borders. The event will take place in the East Hall of the Kresge Little Theatre at 300 Seward Street in Ripon.

Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

Presentation and Signing, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, Iowa

Author Alexander Wolff will share photos from The Audacity of Hoop and comment on each during an appearance at this legendary literary outpost, where the book reading has a long and glorious history. Q&A and signing to follow. You can find Prairie Lights Books and Cafe at 15 South Dubuque Street in Iowa City.

Dec
2
12:30 pm12:30

Signing, Bull's Head Bookshop, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Author Alex Wolff will sign copies of The Audacity of Hoop over the lunch hour at the Bull's Head Bookshop on the University of North Carolina campus. The Bull's Head is on the second floor of the Daniels Building at 207 South Road.

Dec
1
11:45 am11:45

Lunch Discussion, Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics, Durham, N.C.

The Audacity of Hoop author Alex Wolff visits Duke University's acclaimed town-gown initiative, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, for a lunchtime discussion of sports and politics in general, and basketball and the presidency in particular. You can find the FSP at 011 Old Chem on Duke's West Campus. A light lunch will be served at 11:45, with the discussion beginning at noon.

Nov
20
6:00 pm18:00

Reception and Signing, Christopher's, Cambridge, Mass.

Porter Square Books will sell copies of The Audacity of Hoop and author Alex Wolff will sign, with a portion of each sale going to Shooting Touch, which delivers life skills through basketball to youth from greater Boston to Rwanda. Christopher's Restaurant and Bar can be found at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. Light food and drink provided, with a cash bar.

Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Public Launch Reception, Municipal Gym, Middlebury, Vt.

It's tipoff time, and the public is invited to celebrate publication of The Audacity of Hoop with light food and drink in Middlebury's storied Municipal Gym at the corner of Routes 125 and 30, just east of the Middlebury College campus. The Vermont Book Shop will sell books, author Alex Wolff will sign them, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Everybody Wins! reading mentoring program at Mary Hogan School and the Middlebury Recreation Department's scholarship fund. Sneakers encouraged.