As usual, there is a lot to get to since my last post. It is very exciting to see so many things coming together for my book, PIN ACTION: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who became a Bowling Champion, which was released by Pegasus Books in November and is available everywhere books are sold.
I was thrilled when Booklist named PIN ACTION one of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2015 on Sept. 1. You can check out the whole story and learn not only about my book but also those of my fellow authors who made the list here: http://www.booklistonline.com/Top-10-Sports-Books-2015-Bill-Ott/pid=7691264
I also am thrilled to report that Gold Circle Films has optioned PIN ACTION for film. Gold Circle is the enterprise behind the hysterical and wildly entertaining Pitch Perfect films. When I was younger, they also were the brains behind the surprise, runaway success, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in 2001. These are guys who have the vision to discover humor and unforgettable characters where others fail to, and I would love to see what vision they have for the rough and risible characters I write about in PIN ACTION.
Lastly, PIN ACTION got a major-league endorsement, literally, from Major League Baseball All-Star, John Burkett. Burkett is a great guy I vividly remember watching defeat the New York Yankees in the 1996 playoffs. Pro bowling always was his first love, however, and he now is embarking very successfully on a second pro career on the lanes. I’ve gotten to know him a bit and written a couple stories about him for Bowlers Journal, the magazine where I work as Editor. He is a pro bowling history buff, too, and he loved PIN ACTION. Check out this great, and very funny, video in which Burkett and his fellow pro bowlers are asked to discuss their favorite books. You don’t want to miss this: