Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Bissinger tours to promote personal book

For DP alumni who didn't catch him on the Today Show Tuesday, there will be many opportunities to see Buzz Bissinger '76 in person the next few weeks, as he tours the country to promote his just-released new book, Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind & Heart of My Extraordinary Son.

The book, his very personal story about his relationship with his 28 year-old mentally retarded son, has debuted to excellent reviews. Entertainment Weekly gave the book an "A" rating, calling it "gorgeous and brutally honest." The Houston Chronicle review calls it "a really good book, no matter what its genre" which "delivers a level of humanity that is both breathtaking and elemental. Buzz Bissinger has delivered such a work, an honest, sometimes brutal, look at his life as the father of a savant."

Bissinger, a former DP Sports Editor and Editorial Page Chairman, was featured in this past weekend's Philadelphia Inquirer. Written by DP fellow DP alumna Amy S. Rosenberg '84, the piece paints a picture of the author:

"Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, and the book he hates and considers an epic failure, Shooting Stars, with LeBron James, a man who seems to invite people to dislike him -- entire cities, even -- who favors tight pants, leather or denim, one Springsteen-ish earring, who freely admits to a mild bipolarity treated with a morning four-part drug cocktail, a guy on his third marriage and in the midst of an Amazon-Apple feud over another book, who dips in and out of self-loathing, who is this month taking a national stand against college football, bringing on more haters, has finally written the book he always knew he had to write: the book on Zach." Click here to read the entire Inquirer feature.

Here is a partial listing of his Bissinger appearances:

Wednesday, May 16: Austin. At Philadelphia Free Library at 7:30 p.m. For details, click here.

Thursday, May 17: Boston. At Brookline Booksmith at 7:00 p.m. For details, click here.

Friday, May 18: Washington, DC. At the Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7 p.m. For more details on that event, click here.

Saturday, May 19: Gaithersburg, VA. As part of the Gaithersburg Book Festival, at H. L. Mencken Pavision at 11:40 a.m. For more details on that event, click here.

Tuesday, May 22: Houston. At the Brazos Bookstore at 7 p.m. For details, click here.

Thursday, May 24: Dallas. At Barnes & Noble (Lincoln Park) at 7 p.m. For details, click here.

Wednesday, May 29: Pasadena. At Vroman's Bookstore at 7 p.m. For details, click here.

Monday, June 11: St. Louis. At Maryville University Auditorium at 7 p.m. For details, click here.

Saturday, June 16: Cherry Hill, NJ. At Barnes & Noble at noon. For details, click here.

To check for appearance sin other cities, visit Bissinger's website here

[Editor's note: DP Alumni can browse and purchase books by fellow DP alumni in the Amazon-powered DPAA Bookstore. To see the latest from Buzz Bissinger, and hundreds of other books from DP alumni authors, visit the DPAA Bookstore. Purchases via this website provide a small contribution to the DPAA.]

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