Fight Songs Book Launch Event with Ed Southern

A picture of Ed Southern sitting on a bench. Ed is a white, middle age male wearing a suit jacket with a striped tie and blue jeans. The cover of FIGHT SONGS is in the right corner with 'Book Launch Event: Ed Southern Tuesday, September 7 at 7 pm' next to itJoin us for Winston-Salem author Ed Southern's book launch of Fight Songs, a wry and witty commentary on college sports and identity in the complicated social landscape of the South. 

Southern will be in conversation with Dave Goren, Executive Director of the National Sports Media Association. A book signing will follow the event. 

This is a free in-person event; registration is required.

If you're not able to attend the event, you can still preorder a copy of Fight Songs and Bookmarks will send you a signed copy. Personalization is available upon request.

About Fight Songs

Ed Southern, lifelong fan of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, the smallest school in the NCAA's Power 5, set out to tell the story of how he got tangled, in vines of history and happenstance, with the two giants of his favorite sport: the Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. He set out to tell how a North Carolina native crossed the shifty, unmarked border between Tobacco Road and the Deep South. He set out to tell how the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, from beyond the grave, introduced him to his wife, a Birmingham native and die-hard Alabama fan.

While he was writing that story, though, 2020 came along.

Suddenly his questions had a new and urgent focus: Why do sports mean so much that so many will play and watch them in the face of a global pandemic? How have the South's histories shaped its fervor for college sports? How have college sports shaped how southerners construct their identities, priorities, and allegiances? Why is North Carolina passionate about college basketball when its neighbors to the South live and die by college football? Does this have anything to do with North Carolina's reputation as the most "progressive" southern state, a state many in the Deep South don't think is "really" southern? If college sports really do mean so much in the South, then why didn't everyone down south wear masks or recognize that Black Lives Matter, even after the coaches told us to?

Fight Songs explores the connections and contradictions between the teams we root for and the places we plant our roots; between the virtues that sports are supposed to teach and the cutthroat business they've become; between the hopes of fans and the demands of the past, present, and future.

About the Author

Ed Southern is the author of The Jamestown Adventure, Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, and the short-story collection Parlous Angels. His work has appeared in South Writ Large, the Asheville Poetry Review, storySouth, the NC 10x10 Play Festival, and elsewhere. Since 2008, he has been the executive director of the North Carolina Writers' Network. He lives in Winston-Salem.


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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
634 W 4th St #110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blair - September 7th, 2021

A wry and witty commentary on college sports and identity in the complicated social landscape of the South.


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