If you took all the great boxing writing from George Kimball and John Schulian and put it together, you'd come away with a pretty nice book. But Kimball and Schulian took it one step further.
They are the editors for "At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing." It is a compilation of some of the finest boxing writing of the last century. The book includes the work of A.J. Liebling, Jimmy Cannon, Gay Talese, Norman Mailer, Mark Kram, Mike Lupica, Pete Hamill and a lot more.
The volume is 542 pages and is being published by The Library of America. It goes on sale March 3, 2011. Some of the classic boxing literature in this book will be familiar to boxing fans. But whether you've read it before or not, there are few contributions in this collection that aren't worth re-reading.
And, oh yeah, it also includes pieces by Kimball and Schulian. They've both been honored with the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, which is given out by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
There is also a cool event coming up with Kimball and some of the contributors. George, Hamill, Bob Lipsyte and Lupica will be at the Barnes & Noble at 97 Warren Street on March 30 at 7 p.m. They will read from the book and talk about the importance of boxing in American literature.