Apr 25, 2011

A Great Letter
I have received three of four emails a week from people who have read PTHO. I love all of them (even the rare ones that criticize the project) but some I REALLY love. I received this note a few weeks ago from one reader, and it will stay in my inbox forever.

Hi,

My dad started reading this book while I was home during Spring break last
week. He's an avid basketball fan and I know it was kind of a
disappointment to him that his two kids favor softball and boy scouts over
his first love. Anyway, I picked up the book out of curiosity and fell in
love with it instantly. I got so emotionally attached to the players that
I found myself in tears reading about Rome and Aaron's struggles.

All unnecessary background info aside, I just wanted to thank you for
giving me, albeit temporarily, something in common with something so
important in my dad's life. Reading and discussing "Play Their Hearts Out"
with him has brought us closer and I can't thank you enough.

Also, as an aspiring writer, I can't leave out how in awe I am of your
writing. I don't know how you managed to weave in new characters with
almost every chapter, but it all worked perfectly.

Sincerely,
Katie

Apr 13, 2011

Penn State award
Here is the release announcing that Play Their Hearts Out won the Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports, presented by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State. I'm headed to State College, PA to pick up the award and talk with journalism students.

http://live.psu.edu/story/52146