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Joe Posnanski’s “Paterno” Debuts as New York Times No. 1, Author to Make Local Appearance

Joe Posnanski’s highly-anticipated biography “Paterno” will debut as number one on the New York Times bestsellers list this month, publisher Simon & Schuster confirmed to ESPN.

Posnanski set out to write a comprehensive biography on the late coach long before the events of last November, but he soon found himself in the center of the most highly-publicized stories in the history of college sports. Posnanski was in Paterno’s modest town house at the end of McKee Street in College Heights during some of the most emotional moments following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest, and the book tries to take the reader inside with Paterno.

Although the 406-page book has received mixed reviews and does not provide much new information — aside from the personal emotions of Paterno — it will serve as an authoritative resource for one of the most polarizing men in the history of sports.

Posnanski is ethical in allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on Paterno, although he himself has mixed feelings on the situation. In interviews, he says Paterno once asked him what he thought of the whole situation. Posnanski replied, “You’re Joe Paterno. People expect more from you.”

Posnanski is set to make an appearance at Penn State on September 14 at 4 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium. This will be a rare opportunity to hear from one of the best sports writers of our generation, and a man who was one of the few to know Paterno during his final dark months. It will also be a great chance to get your book signed.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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