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Friday, February 1, 2019
An Evening with Tommy Tomlinson Wed. February 13 @ 7 PM in Traverse City #michiganwriters #motownwriters
An Evening with Tommy Tomlinson Wed. February 13 @ 7 PM
When Tommy Tomlinson was nearing 50 years old, he weighed in at an astonishing 460 pounds. He had spent a lifetime struggling with weight, but the scale this time grabbed his attention. He decided to lose the pounds in earnest; he bought a FitBit, set an exercise goal, and modified his diet. An acclaimed journalist, Tomlinson writes about his experience in his upcoming memoir, The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America.
This book is much more than a weight-loss quest. Tomlinson brings us along on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and the personal issues he must confront head-on. He also hits the road to talk to fellow members of his tribe to explore how the U.S. arrived at its plus-size epidemic. His book will resonate with anyone who has struggled with addiction, self-consciousness and shame.
Tommy Tomlinson has written for national magazines, including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories were chosen twice for the Best American Sports Writing Series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”
Evening includes a stage conversation / Q&A with author and a post-event book signing.