Hi, everyone. I’m pleased to announce that my book about the 1981-83 Argonauts, Bouncing Back: From National Joke to Grey Cup Champs, is now available for sale.
It can be ordered here: [url]Page Not Found | Lulu
The book is soft-cover, 224 pages, with a colour cover and 30 black-and-white illustrations interspersed throughout. It has 19 chapters covering the complete story of those three mesmerizing and eventful years when the Argos went from the worst record in team history (2-14 in 1981) to their first Grey Cup championship in 31 years.
The book is based in part on interviews with almost four dozen individuals associated with the Argonauts and the CFL, including nearly all of the key members of the 1981-83 Argos: Holloway, Greer, Minter, O’Billovich, Mouse, Pearson, Ferrone, Carinci, Henderson, Ilesic, Barnes, Brazley and many others. I also interviewed some key figures from other teams of that era, including Hugh Campbell, Al Bruno, George Brancato and Adam Rita.
The book, which sells for $23.95 plus tax, is being published by Lulu.com, the print-on-demand publishing company owned by Ticats owner Bob Young. (Lulu also published Angelo Mosca's autobiography, Tell Me To My Face, a couple of years ago.) When you order a copy, one is printed and shipped to you within a few days. Both regular mail delivery and ground delivery (i.e. courier) are available, and I can personally attest that both methods are fast and reliable. When I was waiting on two separate deliveries of proof copies, I got email notice that the book had been shipped one day, and it was at my house the next.
There will also be an eBook available for iPad, with the same content but some of the pictures in colour. I’m dealing with a few formatting issues so the release for that platform has been slightly delayed, but I hope to have it for sale within a couple of weeks. The eBook will be priced at $18.95 and you will be able to download it instantly. (The soft-cover book is priced higher because of printing costs that don’t apply to an eBook.) I will post a notice here when the eBook is available.
The book’s website is here: http://bouncingbackbook.ca/.
I would love feedback on the book, and can be reached by email at email@example.com. If you like the book – heck, even if you don’t – I would really appreciate shout-outs to friends, relatives, colleagues, through social media, etc. The more publicity I can get for the book, the better chance I have of earning back at least some of the costs I incurred travelling for interviews, hiring editors, transcribers and a designer, and so on.
I am grateful for the interest and enthusiasm so many football fans have shown for the book while it was a work in progress over the past year. Researching, reporting and writing it has been a wonderful (albeit at times draining) experience. I’m obviously not objective, and I’ve read and reread it so many times that my perspective is skewed, but I think it will stand as the definitive account of one of the most fascinating and memorable eras in the long, proud history of the Argonauts.