Meet the Author: Tim Crothers

Post Date:04/11/2017 1:12 PM

The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library are pleased to present Tim Crothers at the Meet the Author Tea on Thursday, April 20 in Meeting Room B at the Library. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the program will run from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chapel Hill readers may recall Tim Crothers best for two books about subjects close to many of their hearts.  One, co-authored with UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, is titled Hard Work; A Life On and Off the Court. The other, The Man Watching: Anson Dorrance and the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer Dynasty, is the story of UNC’s phenomenal women’s soccer program. He will be talking about his 2016 book The Queen of Katwe; One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion. This book has been highly successful and has been made into a major motion picture starring Academy Award winners Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo

Tim Crothers was well prepared  to tell this story. A former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he has taught sports journalism at the University of North Carolina for more than a decade.  Part of his task is to teach students how to interview subjects of different backgrounds and cultures – all of which came in handy as he put his skills to work on this unusual and dramatic story about a young girl named Phiona Mutesi who was born into desperate poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda and somehow became an international chess champion. 

Tim Crothers lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two children.  He has organized a chess club for his son and daughter’s elementary school here in Chapel Hill. 


Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Meet the Author Tea: Tim Crothers

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B

When:  Thursday April 20: 3:30 p.m. Refreshments; 4-5 p.m. Program


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