University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Leigh Montville

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Three-time New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville is a former columnist at The Boston Globe and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of "Evel," "The Mysterious Montague," "The Big Bam," "Ted Williams," "At the Altar of Speed," "Manute," and "Why Not Us?" He lives in Boston. His latest book is "Sting Like a Bee," an insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali. It centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military—and the key moments in a life that was as a high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century. With the death of Muhammad Ali in June 2016, the media and America, in general, have remembered a hero, a heavyweight champion, an Olympic gold medalist, an icon, and a man who represents the sheer greatness of America. Montville goes deeper, with a fascinating chronicle of a story that has been largely untold. Muhammad Ali, in the late 1960s, was young, successful, brash, and hugely admired—but with some reservations. He was bombastic and cocky in a way that captured the imagination of America, but also drew its detractors. He was a bold young African American in an era when few people were as outspoken. He renounced his name—Cassius Clay—as being his 'slave name,' and joined the Nation of Islam, renaming himself Muhammad Ali. And finally in 1966, after being drafted, he refused to join the military for religious and conscientious reasons, triggering a fight that was larger than any of his bouts in the ring. What followed was a period of legal battles, of cultural obsession, and in some ways of being the very embodiment of the civil rights movement located in the heart of one man. Muhammad Ali was the tip of the arrow, and Leigh Montville brilliantly assembles all the boxing, the charisma, the cultural and political shifting tides, and ultimately the enormous waft of entertainment that always surrounded Ali. Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America is an important and incredibly engaging book.

Scheduled events:
Greatest of Their Time: Ali, 2016 Cubs, Ragan
A boxer, a baseball team and a softball pitcher, were they the best of their time?

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Leigh Montville, Scott Simon, Erica Westly
Moderator: Dana Cooper
Race, Social Injustice and the Athlete's Role
Race and social injustice remain societal issues. What roles does the athlete play in addressing them? Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jonathan Eig, Leland Melvin, Leigh Montville
Moderator: Frederick Klein

Sting Like a Bee
May 2017
ISBN 9780307950321
Paperback, 384 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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A PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING FINALISTA tremendous new biography of Muhammad Ali that zeroes in on the moment Ali turned from an athlete to an activist-icon. More/less

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