Sports Illustrated writer to talk, sign books

William Nack, longtime Sports Illustrated journalist, will read from and sign copies of his book, "My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood Money and the Sporting Life," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Nack's appearance is co-sponsored by the library and The Raven Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public.

Nack has written many articles for Sports Illustrated and is probably most well-known for his acclaimed 1975 biography of Secretariat, possibly the greatest race horse in history.

The winner of six Eclipse Awards -- given annually for the best magazine piece on horseracing -- Nack's stories have told of hit men hired to kill horses for insurance payoffs and of steroid-crazed men who commit violence against horses and humans.

Now retired, Nack lives in Washington, D.C., and continues to contribute to Sports Illustrated and GQ magazines.

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