Author Jay R. Tunney will share his personal observations of an unlikely friendship between a heavyweight boxing champion and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright as the latest AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary guest on Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.
Tunney penned The Prizefighter and the Playwright, an insider's look at the relationship between his father, boxing icon Gene Tunney, and Bernard Shaw, the most famous playwright of the 20th century. In this unusual and often surprising book, Tunney explores this private friendship in the spotlight of celebrity.
The book grew out of the author's popular BBC radio program The Master and the Boy, which in 2000-01 aired to some 14 million listeners worldwide. Tunney has written dozens of magazine articles and essays for publications worldwide, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Asia edition, the Hartford Courant, the Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies and The Independent Shavian. He is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, is vice president of the International Shaw Society and serves on the advisory board of the New York Bernard Shaw Society.
Just Books will provide copies of the book, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event. AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary, the ongoing author series, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Wayne Campbell at (203) 622-7922.