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'Friday Night Lights' Author Buzz Bissinger to Speak on Campus Oct. 7

In conjunction with Old Dominion University's 33rd annual Literary Festival, ODU's 2010-11 President's Lecture Series will kick off with an appearance by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, award-winning author of the bestseller "Friday Night Lights."

Bissinger will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, go to http://www.odu.edu/ao/univevents/index.shtml.

Bissinger is among the nation's most honored and distinguished writers. He is the author of three highly acclaimed nonfiction books: "Friday Night Lights," "A Prayer for the City" and "Three Nights in August." A native of New York City, he is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and the National Headliners Award. He was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

A 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bissinger began his journalism career at The Ledger-Star in Norfolk. Years later, at The Philadelphia Inquirer, he and two colleagues won a Pulitzer in 1987 for reporting a six-part investigative series on the Philadelphia Court System. In addition to being a reporter for some of the nation's most prestigious newspapers, Bissinger has been a magazine writer with published work in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated, and a co-producer and writer for the ABC television drama "NYPD Blue." Two of his works were made into critically acclaimed films, "Friday Night Lights" and "Shattered Glass."

His latest book, "Shooting Stars," written with NBA great LeBron James, was published in 2009. Bissinger is currently completing "Father's Day," which will chronicle the lives of his twin sons, born 13 weeks premature in 1983 and weighing less than two pounds, and their diametrically opposed lives. He is also working on a screenplay about the life of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

The President's Lecture Series is designed to bring high-profile public figures to campus to speak to the ODU campus and community, articulating topics in line with the mission of the university. Previous speakers for the series, which is funded by the president's office, have included education advocate Jonathan Kozol, former Attorney General Janet Reno and playwright Edward Albee.

This article was posted on: September 26, 2010

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