Stick a Fork in Me

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Available January 2017!

“Dan Jenkins has been among America’s best and funniest sportswriters for more than six decades.”
—New York Times




Pete Wallace, a good old boy from Texas, paid his dues coaching football on obscure campuses in the boondocks of America until he landed the athletic director’s job at Western Ohio University. For 15 years, he has steadily and skillfully guided the school into the high society of major college sports.

But now Pete, fed up with politically correct campus culture and babysitting fragile egos, is retiring from the “arms race.” As he waits for the university’s board of trustees to act on his early retirement package, he reflects on his career, the people he’s come across, and what life will be like in retirement.

Pete’s story is told in Jenkins’s unmistakable, raucous, old-school style, and it’s full of colorful, absurd, and downright crazy characters—from clueless trustees and busybody protestors to prima donna football coaches and booster club pests. Stick a Fork in Me is a rollicking, no-holds-barred tour of the world of big-time college sports.

Dan Jenkins is among America’s most acclaimed and award-winning sportswriters and a best-selling novelist. A native Texas, Jenkins has spent a lifetime at the typewriter and computer. After 15 years of writing for newspapers in Fort Worth and Dallas, he became nationally known for his stories in Sports Illustrated for over a quarter century and since then for his articles in Golf Digest. This is his 12th novel, his 22nd book. Three of his best-selling novels—Semi-Tough, Dead Solid Perfect, and Baja Oklahoma—were made into movies. His sportswriting has won him numerous awards. Among them, he has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame—one of only three writers to be so honored—he has received the PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sportswriting, and more recently the Associated Press Sports Editors named him the 33rd recipient of the Red Smith Award, the highest honor in his profession. After residing for more than 30 years in Manhattan, which he liked to call a “small island in the Atlantic,” he and his wife June are now living back in Texas.


“Jenkins is hilarious, providing more laughs per page than any other writer in the ‘bidness.’”

“Dan Jenkins is a comic genius.”
—Don Imus

“Dan Jenkins has been among America’s best and funniest sportswriters for more than six decades.”
—The New York Times

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