Sportswriter, novelist Deford to speak Monday

March 30, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

FREDERICK, Md. - You can't make people read for fun, but those who aren't are missing out on a pleasurable experience that's great for the imagination and can be educational, says author and sportswriter Frank Deford.

Deford will make three appearances Monday in Frederick, Md., for Frederick Reads, a multi-organizational effort to celebrate and promote reading as a recreational activity as well as recognize those who write.

The effort was prompted by a National Endowment for the Arts study that reported that, while the number of U.S. adults who read recreationally went up from 1982 to 2002, the percentage declined from 56.9 percent to 48.7 percent.

Deford is a correspondent for HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," a commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated. He is a member of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters' Hall of Fame and has written more than a dozen books.


Deford is finishing work on a sports novel about a star baseball player and manager, set in modern day, about how many athletes feel they are "The Entitled."

Though Deford says he doesn't read many sports books - "That's too much like work," he says - he has recently been reading his friend Dave Kindred's "Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship." The book is about the friendship of boxer Muhammad Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell.

He's also been reading "The Deadly Embrace: A Novel of World War II," by Robert J. Mrazek, says Deford, who lives in Connecticut with his family.

A Baltimore native, Deford still roots for the Orioles.

If you go ...

WHAT: Frank Deford's appearances during Frederick Reads

WHEN/WHERE: Three appearances Monday, April 3:

"Writing as a Vocation" - Deford will give a brief talk, answer questions and read from one of his books. 2 p.m. Frederick Community College's Jack B. Kussmaul Arts and Student Center, Frederick, Md.

"The Author and His Work" - Deford will discuss his writing. 4 p.m. Hood College's Whitaker Campus Center, Frederick, Md.

"A Conversation With Frank Deford" - Deford will speak at 7:30 p.m. at The Temple, 22 W. Church St., Frederick, Md.

COST: Free

MORE: For more information or to register to attend any of the events, please call 1-301-694-1382 or go to

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