Robert Lipsyte



Back to School!

Actually, this coming school year I'm looking forward to visits to Wake Forest, Iowa, and Southern Virginia. Details to come.

It was a great Spring and Summer, a voyage on the Queen Mary 2 (I gave lectures on sports during gale force winds over the Atlantic, hardly noticeable) and a visit to Wales afterward. In August,our usual visit to Arch Cape, Oregon, to the beach house of Lois' brother, Gene, and sister-in-law Layton. This year, daughter Susannah dropped in with her husband, Ben, and 4-year-old Daniel, the youngest of my three very grandchildren

For those who ask, I, too, am waiting for the release of ONE FAT SUMMER, starring Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Luke Wilson, and Judy Greer. The movie will be titled MEASURE OF A MAN. It was written by the gifted screenwriter ( A Single Man) David Scearce and directed by Jim Loach. Should be released anytime. I might need hackers to get info.

Next year will be the fiftieth anniversary of THE CONTENDER. Any ideas for a party?

Sam Lipsyte's new book of short stories, "The Fun Parts," got rave reviews. Janet Maslin in the New York Times called him a "literary rock star." (And I remember when he fronted a noise punk band, Dung Beetle.)

My memoir, "An Accidental Sportswriter," published six 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.

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.

Don't forget to go to the website of my wife, Lois B. Morris, and take the free personality test. I did. Learned a lot about myself. Gotta be a book in it!

And then there is Milo, who arrived from a shelter six years ago. He's about 12 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.


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
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
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.