Book Culture On Columbus
Book Culture and The Paris Review host a discussion between Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Teju Cole on Phillips’s new book, The Circuit!
"The Circuit is the best sports book I’ve read in years, maybe ever.” —Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs and Monsters
An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.
In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet—and Paris Review sports columnist—Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it’s divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.
The Circuit will convince you that you don’t leave the world behind as you watch tennis—you bring it with you.
Nadja Spiegelman of The Paris Review will provide an introduction.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012). He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City.
Teju Cole is a novelist, essayist, and photographer. His honors include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently photography critic of The New York Times Magazine and professor of the practice of creative writing at Harvard.
Nadja Spiegelman is the online editor at The Paris Review, the co-editor of Resist!, and the author of the memoir I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This as well as three award-winning comics for children. She currently lives in Brooklyn.