Writers and Publishers Face Off in Basketball Game for Charity

By Dianna Dilworth 

theothernbaThe National Book Foundation is hosting a basketball game for charity in which writers will go at it in the court against publishers.

What business do literary folks have playing basketball? The idea stems from the confusion on Twitter between the National Basketball Association (#NBA) and the National Book Awards (#NBAwards). Players include: Rodrigo Corral (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Jonny Diamond (Lit Hub), John Freeman (Freeman’s), Katie Freeman (Riverhead Books), Alex Gilvarry (From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant), Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years), Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), Steph Opitz (Texas Book Festival), Arthur Bradford (Turtleface and Beyond) and Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins).

The event is open to the public on Saturday, June 20 from 3 – 6 p.m. at St. Francis College gym, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets start at $25. Proceeds will benefit BookUp, the National Book Foundation’s reading program for middle school students in low-income communities.