Bill Simmons’ sports and pop-culture media company The Ringer is opening up book publishing as a new avenue for its writers and podcast personalities. Founded in 2016 after Simmons’ moved on from Grantland, The Ringer now boasts a thriving lineup of writers, editors, and podcasters that cover all things sports and pop culture. Now, some of those creatives are making new waves in the publishing industry via the Grand Central Publishing imprint.
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Shea Serrano’s Movies (and Other Things), scheduled to release October 8th, will be the first book coming out of this new deal between The Ringer and Grand Central Publishing. Movies (and Other Things) follows Serrano’s Basketball (and Other Things) which notably made Barack Obama’s 2017 year-end list.
In a statement on Tuesday, Serrano said:
Working at The Ringer has been the most creatively fulfilling and auspicious job I have ever had, and I am profoundly proud that Movies (And Other Things) will be the first official book put out under the Ringer Books imprint. Please buy a copy of it or go to hell.
Sal Iacono’s gambling guide and Claire McNear’s deep dive into Jeopardy! are slated for publication later this year. Though, perhaps readers shouldn’t take Iacono’s “guide” too seriously. McNear recently wrote a feature on James Holzhaur’s outstanding 32-game winning streak earlier this year.
In Simmons’ own words:
We gravitate toward quality ideas, unique storytelling and talented voices, and we know from experience that we can use The Ringer’s various resources to raise awareness for any project that matters to us. Once we clicked with the wonderful folks at Grand Central, this became a no-brainer.
Sports and book lovers should keep an eye out for all the great things coming out of this deal!
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