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Bob Ryan discusses Scribe: My Life in Sports in conversation with Bill Littlefield

This event includes a book signing.

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Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned Boston Globe sports reporter BOB RYAN and the host of NPR’s Only A Game BILL LITTLEFIELD for a discussion of Ryan’s book Scribe: My Life in Sports.

Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the “quintessential American sportswriter.” For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds.

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper—and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people—players, management, the reading public—probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover—golf—and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world’s most admired journalists.


Bill Littlefield is the host of NPR and WBUR’s sports show, “Only a Game,” which is syndicated to some 200 public radio stations around the country. The author of several books on sports, two novels and two collections of his radio and magazine commentaries, he is writer-in-residence at Currey College, where he teaches one course each semester. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Littlefield began broadcasting sports commentary on WBUR (Boston) in 1984.

Bob Ryan is one of America’s most respected sports reporters, writers, and columnists. He retired from daily work at the Boston Globe in 2012 after some forty-five years at the paper. He is the author of many books including Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBAThe Four SeasonsWait Till I Make the Show: Baseball in the Minor Leagues, andThe Boston Celtics: The History, Legends, and Images of America’s Most Celebrated Team. He continues to appear regularly on various ESPN shows. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.