Novelist and former New Times editor Ben Greenman.
Novelist and former New Times editor Ben Greenman.
Gail Ghezzi

New Times Authors Churn Out Books This Summer

Robert Andrew Powell's Running Away is one of several recent or upcoming books by New Times alumni. Here are a few others:

Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era, by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts: New Times managing editor Elfrink and former staff writer Garcia-Roberts teamed up to write the definitive book on the Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal. Blood Sport grew from Elfrink's George Polk Award-winning investigation for New Times, which revealed that the Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis had provided A-Rod and other sports stars with performance-enhancing drugs. The book dives deeper into A-Rod's doomed desire for chemical advantage as well as Miami's role as the nation's seedy steroid capital. Above all, Blood Sport is about Americans' obsession with the Fountain of Youth and how it has tainted our national pastime. It's out July 8.

The Slippage, by Ben Greenman: Greenman, a former calendar editor at New Times and until recently an editor at The New Yorker, appears to tweet on the hour every hour. Somewhere in between, he writes wry and wondrous stories. His most recent work is The Slippage, a novel about suburban unhappiness. "The success of The Slippage lies in this hazy, in-between state of being, where Greenman can reflect on loneliness through his characters, adrift in their own personal grids of sadness," writes the New York Times.

Against Football, by Steve Almond: Almond, another former staff writer, may be even more prodigious than Greenman. He has made a name for himself with off-the-wall short stories, a nonfiction book about the candy industry, and a collection of angry, incisive essays titled (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions. His upcoming book, Against Football, promises to be his most polemic. Due out in September, Against Football is exactly what it sounds like: a manifesto against the sport that Almond himself loves. As if that's not enough to get your attention, Almond tells New Times that the book includes a chapter called "The Love Song of Richie Incognito."


Current and Former New Times Staffers Churn Out Books This Summer

South by Southeast, by Gail Shepherd: A former New Times Broward-Palm Beach food critic and staff writer, Shepherd is set to publish her latest middle-grade novel in 2016. South by Southeast is about a Vietnamese-American girl coming of age in post-Vietnam War Tennessee.

Brie Season, by Jen Karetnick: Karetnick, a former restaurant critic and columnist for New Times, will release her first full-length poetry collection, appropriately titled Brie Season, later this year.


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