Tucson Festival of Books

Jeff Pearlman


Jeff Pearlman is the New York Times bestselling of 10 books. He's a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, a former ESPN columnist, former Athletic columnist and former food and fashion writer for the Tennessean. Pearlman was the guest editor of the 2018 Best American Sports Writing, and he's the host of the Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast. In his spare time he raises his three pet goats, Merle, Carol and Merle II. "The Last Folk Hero" is Pearlman's latest book.

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Awards: Coolest Guy in my House


Scheduled events:
Forging New Paths
Breaking the glass ceiling and forging a new path takes many forms, whether it be a poor, stuttering Black youth finding success, a journalist speaking truth to the power, or a young female athlete challenging the unequal system of high school athletics.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Sheri Brenden, Jemele Hill, Jeff Pearlman
Moderator: Caitlin Schmidt
Baseball's Myths and Characters
Baseball's enduring hold on the American psyche is partly due to its many wonderful characters and the myths tied to the game. In this session, moderator Pat Darcy -- a former major league pitcher -- will chat with three authors who have written extensively and well about some of the most game's most interesting players; two of them being Rickey Henderson and Bo Jackson.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Howard Bryant, Tyler Kepner, Jeff Pearlman
Moderator: Pat Darcy
Sports Royalty
Not without hardship and personal pain, some athletes rise above all the others. They become sports royalty. In this session, we will roll out the red carpet for Bo Jackson, Jim Thorpe and Charles Daniels ... and their biographers: Jeff Pearlman, David Maraniss and Michael Lloyd.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Michael Loynd, David Maraniss, Jeff Pearlman
Moderator: Damien Alameda

Books:
The Last Folk Hero
The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson
Sports
HarperCollins Publishers
October 2022
ISBN 9780358437673
480 pages
$29.99
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Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
Sports
Penguin
October 2014
ISBN 9781592408870
496 pages