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The Audacity of Hoop by Alexander Wolff


Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 3:00pm


Ben McNally Books

Toronto is hosting the NBA All-Star Game; Ben McNally Books is hosting Alexander Wolff. Come and hear him talk about his fascinating new book, The Audacity of Hoop at the store on Saturday, February 13th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Admission is free of charge.

The Audacity of Hoop by Alexander Wolff

Temple University Press
The Audacity of Hoop by Alexander Wolff

While basketball didn’t take up residence in the White House in January 2009, the game nonetheless played an outsized role in forming the man who did. In The Audacity of Hoop, celebrated sportswriter Alexander Wolff examines Barack Obama, the person and president, by the light of basketball. This game helped Obama explore his identity, keep a cool head, impress his future wife, and define himself as a candidate.

Wolff chronicles Obama’s love of the game from age 10, on the campaign trail—where it eventually took on talismanic meaning—and throughout his two terms in office. More than 125 photographs illustrate Obama dribbling, shooting free throws, playing pickup games, cooling off with George Clooney, challenging his special assistant Reggie Love for a rebound, and taking basketball to political meetings. There is also an assessment of Obama’s influence on the NBA, including a dawning political consciousness in the league’s locker rooms.

New York Times bestselling author Alexander Wolff is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, co-author (with Armen Keteyian) of Raw Recruits: The High Stakes Game Colleges Play to Get Their Basketball Stars–and What It Costs to Win, and the author of Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure.

2016 RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist Globe & Mail/Ben McNally Books & Brunch

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am

King Edward Hotel

2016 marks the fifteenth awarding of The RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction. Join us in the Vanity Fair Ballroom at the King Edward Hotel on March 6th to hear each of the finalists share their experiences, wit, and insights into the writer's life.

Tickets are $50.00 each (taxes included).

Please call us at (416) 361-0032 with your credit card information to reserve a ticket.

The Fine Print Presents 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Dora Keogh

Hosted by: The Fine Print

Please join The Fine Print, Penguin Random House, and Mona Awad at The Dora Keough on Wednesday, March 9th, to celebrate the launch of her debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

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