Bookfair, Storytime, Author Event Join us for all-day events including Holiday Storytime and crafts at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Pajama Storytime at 6:30 pm (wear your most comfy PJs) and local author Jay Atkinson will be on hand from 1:00 to 2:30 pm to discuss and sign copies. (added from Barnes & Noble)… (more)
JAY ATKINSON: "Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man" (Andover)
If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport — from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all-star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. Jay has played in more than 500 matches, for which he’s suffered three broken ribs, a detached retina, a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone, four deadened teeth, and a dislocated ankle. Written in the style of Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Atkinson’s book explains why it was all worth it — the sum total of his violent adventures, and the valuable insights he has gained from them.
Jay Atkinson is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete from Methuen, Massachusetts. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, and three narrative nonfiction books. His nonfiction book Ice Time was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book of the year in 2001, and Legends of Winter Hill was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for several weeks in 2005. Atkinson’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Boston Globe and many other publications. A former two-sport college athlete, Atkinson has competed in rugby for three decades and continues to play in exotic locales with the Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. He teaches journalism at Boston University.
Location: Street: The Andover Bookstore Additional: 89 R Main Street City: Andover, Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sunday, May 6th at 3 pm - Jay Atkinson, "Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man"
Jay Atkinson is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete from Methuen, Mass. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, and three narrative nonfiction books. His nonfiction book, ICE TIME, was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book of the year in 2001, and LEGENDS OF WINTER HILL was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for several weeks in 2005. Atkinson’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Boston Globe and many other publications. A former two sport college athlete, Atkinson has competed in rugby for three decades and continues to play in exotic locales with the Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. He teaches journalism at Boston University.
Location: Street: 65 Main Street City: Concord, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 01742-2503 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Renowned New England historian Jay Atkinson recreated the wild road trips Jack Kerouac took with his Beat Generation contemporaries in the late 1940s which informed his exuberant, iconic, benzo-fueled ramble, On the Road. Atkinson's Paradise Road provides a fascinating comparison of the cultural and physical landscapes of North America now and then. (lemontwist)… (more)
Jay Atkinson discusses Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America .
Chronicling Jack Kerouac's adventures as he traveled across North America with his companions Neal Cassady, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and other members of the Beat Generation, On the Road takes a unique look at a lost postwar America. In Paradise Road, Jay Atkinson sets out to re-create Kerouac's journeys of the late 1940s, depicting the travels of the author and his longtime friends as they retrace the five major trips Jack Kerouac took with his pals. Writing with a novelist's eye and ear, Atkinson creates a compelling portrait of North America: its roaring blues bars and nightclubs, empty country roads, and remote prairie towns and byways as well as the enduring warmth and humor of its citizens. Jay Atkinson grew up in Methuen, Massachusetts, a few miles from Jack Kerouac's hometown of Lowell. In this book, Atkinson compares his experiences with those of his former "neighbor," detailing how the country has changed since Kerouac's time. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this book is the various ways in which the small towns of America have remained the same. Bringing to mind the writing of Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and Jack London, Atkinson's narrative is a celebration of ordinary American towns and the extraordinary people who reside there. (bookconscious)… (more)