Kobe Bryant subject of Chaucer’s virtual author conference

Journalist Mike Sielski will discuss his book, “The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality,” at a virtual conference hosted by Chaucer’s Books at 6 p.m. Feb. 1.

To attend this event on Zoom, visit us06web.zoom.us/j/83256633257.

To watch this event live and recorded on Chaucer’s YouTube channel, visit www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVxV4ZOqkmnBj8TvT25NFQ.

In ‘The Rise’, readers will travel from the streets of the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood – where Mr. Bryant’s father, Joe, became a local basketball star – to the isolation of the Bryant family in Italy. , where Kobe spent his formative years, to the leafy suburb of Lower Merion, where the legend of Kobe was born.

The story will trace Mr. Bryant’s career and life at Lower Merion – he led the Aces to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania State Championship, a dramatic run for a team with just one star player – and the build-up to the the 1996 NBA Draft, where Kobe’s dream of playing professional basketball culminated with his acquisition by the Los Angeles Lakers.

In researching and writing “The Rise,” Mr. Sielski had an advantage over other writers who attempted to chronicle Mr. Bryant’s life: access to a series of never-before-seen interviews with him during his season senior and his debut in the NBA. For a quarter of a century, these tapes and transcripts preserved Mr. Bryant’s thoughts, dreams and goals from his teenage years, and they contained ideas and told stories about him that had never been revealed before.

Mr. Sielski is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and an author. The Associated Press Sports Editors voted him the nation’s top sports columnist in 2015, and his previous book, “Fading Echoes: A True Story of Rivalry and Brotherhood from the Football Field to the Fields of Honor,” was published in 2009. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

email: mmcmahon@newspress.com

Jessica C. Bell