Thursday, August 28, 2008
We Have...a Title and Release Date?
As most Generation X or younger sports fans who troll the Interweb and blogosphere know, Bill Simmons has taken the summer off to work on his long-delayed book, while gracing us with the occasional podcast. Some people have grumped about this, but hey, whatever gets you writing. Well, according to Amazon, the good Mr. Simmons has a title for his tome: "The Best Basketball Book Ever Written", and will be exactly 336 pages. The site also notes that the book is going to be released on May 5, 2009. Now, I confess to knowing absolutely nothing about the book publishing process, but this is a good eight months out. I have no idea if this means that he's still got a chunk of writing to do, if the editorial/fact-checking/revision/publishing in hardcover process takes that long, or if they're lining up the release to coincide with the NBA playoffs and a summer book tour. Any of that is possible. Still, given the somewhat-distant release date that resembles a gestation period, it's worth questioning just how much Bill will be "back" come September, especially given the frosty few months he and tWWL had earlier this year.