Robert Lipsyte

MILO

WELCOME

Are you ready for summer?

THE TWIN POWERS, the sequel to THE TWINNING PROJECT (Clarion), is ready for pre-order!

I'm still enjoying being Ombudsman at ESPN. If you feel like checking out what I'm doing there, go to ESPN.COM and scroll down to Ombudsman. It's easy to send me a message and comment on what's happening on ESPN.

Meanwhile, Sam Lipsyte's new book of short stories, "The Fun Parts," is still getting rave reviews - in Great Britain now where it's just come out. Janet Maslin in the New York Times called him a "literary rock star." (And I remember when he fronted a noise punk band.)

The sturdy, jovial Daniel Nachumi just turned 2 the end of May. His mom is my daughter, Susannah, his dad her husband, Ben Nachumi. Daniel joins Alfred (10 years old) and Sylvia (6 1/​2) on my all-grandkids team (they are out of Sam and his wife, Ceridwen Morris, as we say in horse racing.)

Enough about them.

My memoir, "An Accidental Sportswriter," published three years ago by Ecco/​HarperCollins, is in paperback and Kindle.

While you're buying "The Twin Powers," and "An Accidental Sportswriter," pick up another great read, "Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met" by Hao Jiang Tian with Lois B. Morris (my wife), and don't forget Sam's latest novel, "The Ask," published by FSG, a New York Times best-seller and one of its best books of 2010.

Since I'm living a double life I should try to separate it out a bit. So...

I'll be using THE LIPSITE page for articles you might enjoy and whatever is currently on my mind about my novel writing life. In the JOCK CULTURE section you'll find pieces about my take on sports. Right now, there's a terrific piece about me by Bryan Curtis, the ace Grantland writer.

And don't forget Milo, who arrived from a shelter almost three years ago. He's about 10 years old, a beautiful tri-color (black, white, brown) Cocker Spaniel mixture from Last Chance Animal Rescue. He was named for the protagonist of Sam's book, "The Ask." He's sweet and funny and doesn't eat grandchildren. He might write his own book someday.

There's always time to answer your e-mails. So don't forget to drop me a line. If I don't answer immediately, I'm probably writing.

On June 22 I'll be at the Hastings-on-Hudson Library to join a discussion about the late Charlotte Zolotow, a great editor and writer.


BOOKS

Tom and Eddie, twins raised on separate planets, must overcome their differences to save the world.
My New Memoir
"Jock Culture glorifies the young, the strong and the beautiful, and Lipsyte, the would-be Chekhov, gets the tragic implications. That's why his columns, and this marvelous memoir, 'An Accidental Sportswriter,' are so affecting." --ANN LEVIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fiction
A high school baseball player faces a moral challenge
A pulse-pounding ride in the world of NASCAR
"a riveting and chilling look inside contemporary high school football" - *Publishers Weekly
Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.

Sequel to The Contender
Sonny Bear is the champ!
The final story in The Contender quartet
“You’re bound to like this fat boy right from the start...very funny.”
-Kirkus Reviews
Non-Fiction
The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game
Mortality confronted with hard-earned outrage, first at the author's cancer, then his ex-wife's.