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Book Signing with Sports Journalist Melissa Isaacson
State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation
Book Signing and Reading
August 20, 6:00 pm
Melissa Isaacson was the Chicago Tribune’s first woman beat writer and was assigned to cover the Chicago Bears as well as Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls over their six NBA titles. Her book, State, is an engaging and inspirational story of an unlikely group of high school girls who pull together to win their state’s high school basketball championship just after the passage of Title IX, and is timed to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the team’s championship title.
“l loved reading State by Melissa Isaacson. Melissa covered the Bulls for the Chicago Tribune when I played in the NBA, and we had many discussions about our love of basketball. The topic of her high school state title–winning team came up now and then, and I knew she was proud of it. But not until now, after reading her fantastic book, did I realize HOW much basketball meant to her. This is a beautiful story of basketball and life.” —Steve Kerr, head coach, Golden State Warriors
Ms. Isaacson was asked: What was the experience of writing this book like for you? What was the hardest part, and what was the easiest?
She replied: "Even as someone who makes a living out of expressing myself, I find it nearly impossible to put into words what the experience of writing this book has meant to me. It began as a Chicago Tribune column on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of our state championship, and I feel it is almost fate that it is coming out now, on our fortieth anniversary and at a time when the awareness of women’s issues has never been at a higher level. The experience, even at its toughest moments of struggling for the right perspective and an interested publisher, has been a sincere joy. Reliving some of the happiest moments of my young life while uncovering and examining some of the darkest of mine and my teammates’ has consumed a chunk of my adult life. In the process, it has fulfilled a powerful obligation I have felt to tell our story, a story I believe is an incredibly important one to tell."
Join us in celebrating the release of State: A Team, A Triumph, A Transformation
and Melissa's accomplishments in the evening on Thursday August 20
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
1151 Church Street
Northbrook, IL 60062