NEW YORK, NY, June 11, 2012 – Rodale Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of New York Knicks legend Earl Monroe’s memoir, EARL THE PEARL: MY STORY, written with bestselling author Quincy Troupe. Rodale Books Executive Editor Mark Weinstein acquired North American rights in a deal with Jennifer Gates of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. The book will be published in April 2013 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Knicks’ last NBA title.
An honoree among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is a Hall of Fame basketball player whose tremendous style and flair earned him fans across the nation and captured the imagination of an entire generation of young players including Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. A dazzling ball-handler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp, Monroe changed the way the game of basketball is played and his influence can still be seen in the freeform, improvisational play of present-day stars like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.
Rodale Books Publisher Stephen Perrine says “Earl Monroe’s inspiring story fits in squarely with Rodale’s mission to motivate people to live their best lives. In collaboration with award-winning writer and poet Quincy Troupe, Monroe has given us not just a compelling narrative account of his life, but a deep insight into what it takes to stare down adversity and become both a great athlete, and a great man.”
Monroe was a key member of the beloved, star-studded 1972-73 Knicks team that captured the NBA title. And now, on the 40th anniversary of that championship season—the franchise’s last—Monroe is finally ready to tell his remarkable story. EARL THE PEARL will retrace Monroe’s life from his upbringing in a tough South Philadelphia neighborhood through his record-setting college days, to his NBA Rookie of the Year season in 1967, his tremendous seasons with the Baltimore Bullets, and ultimately his redemptive, championship glory with the New York Knicks. The book will culminate with a revealing epilogue in which Monroe reflects on the events of the past 40 years, offers his insights into the NBA today, and his thoughts on the future of the game he loves.
Said Earl Monroe “For many years countless people have pressed me to write a book that shares my life story and my time with the New York Knicks. I’m a very private person, and for a long time, I was the only one from the legendary 1973 championship team who’d refused to write a book. Instead, my legacy has always been portrayed through someone else’s eyes—the sports writers, the fans, other players. But I wanted to have the perspective needed to look back on my life before I told the full story. I now believe that the time is right and I am delighted to be teaming up with Rodale to do so.”
“Monroe is a Men’s Health subscriber, and the power of Men’s Health and other Rodale brands really made this the very best place to publish Earl the Pearl,” added David Zinczenko, General Manager of Rodale Books and Editor in Chief of Men’s Health. “We’re looking forward to leveraging Men’s Health to help make this book the success it deserves to be.”
EARL THE PEARL will be written with award-winning author and poet Quincy Troupe, whose two previous collaborations Miles Davis’s Miles: The Autobiography and Chris Gardner’s The Pursuit of Happyness, were both New York Times bestsellers.
ABOUT EARL MONROE: Earl Monroe is one of the greatest and most beloved players in basketball history. The 1967-68 NBA Rookie of The Year, Monroe played 13 seasons in the NBA, first with the Baltimore Bullets (now the Washington Wizards) and later with the New York Knicks, for whom he helped capture the 1973 NBA title. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and named to the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players list in 1996, Monroe was a dazzling showman who left an indelible stylistic mark on the game of basketball. This is his first book.
ABOUT QUINCY TROUPE: Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of nine volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works including Miles: An Autobiography, co-authored (with jazz legend Miles Davis), a memoir, Miles and Me and The Pursuit of Happyness (with Chris Gardner), which was a New York Times bestseller for 40 weeks and which became a major motion picture starring Will Smith. In 2010, Troupe received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. He is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University.
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