Meet Ed Southern, Author of Fight Songs
Ed Southern will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 22 at 5 p.m. He will present his new book, Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South. The publisher says it is, “A wry and witty commentary on college sports and identity in the complicated social landscape of the South.” Ed Southern, lifelong Wake Forest University Demon Deacons fan, set out to tell how he got tangled with the two giants of his favorite sport: the Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. He set out to tell how a North Carolina native crossed the shifty, unmarked border between Tobacco Road and the Deep South and how the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, from beyond the grave, introduced him to his wife, a Birmingham native and die-hard Alabama fan. While he was writing that story, though, 2020 came along. Suddenly his questions had a new focus: Why do sports mean so much that so many will play and watch them in the face of a global pandemic? How have college sports shaped how southerners construct their identities, priorities, and allegiances? Why is North Carolina passionate about college basketball when its neighbors to the South live and die by college football? Fight Songs explores the connections and contradictions between the teams we root for and the places we plant our roots; between the hopes of fans and the demands of the past, present, and future.
Ed Southern, a resident of Forsyth County, NC, is well-known to the state’s literary community as the director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Discussion of his book will be a thought-provoking pre-game activity ahead of the Mustangs’ home football game vs. the Mountaineers. Masks will be required for attendance at the book event. To reserve copies of Ed’s book please call us at 828-586-9499.
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