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‘The Rhythm Boys’ Cops Award


ForeWord Reviews named “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central” as its  gold medal winner in the adult non-fiction/sports category for books published in 2011.

At a ceremony June 23 at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, ForeWord named 209 Book of the Year Award winners in 54 categories. These books, representing the best independently published works from 2011, were selected by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges.

ForeWord Reviews, a journal dedicated to reviewing independently published books, was established in 1998 and serves as the flagship periodical of booksellers, librarians, agents, and publishing professionals who want to access the best titles from small presses.

Props to University of Nebraska Press for putting its reputation and credibility behind my book.

Michael Kelly on 'TRBOC'

Michael Kelly, metro columnist for the Omaha World Herald, reviewed “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central”, and called it “entirely credible” and “well-researched”.

The World-Herald has a pay-as-you-go firewall to Kelly’s columns. So here it is:

Book rebounds to timely topic: hoops, race

Michael Kelly
Omaha World Herald
March 11, 2011

More than four decades ago, a George Wallace speech at the Civic Auditorium ignited race riots and the sudden switch of the state boys basketball tournament from Omaha to Lincoln. This week, the news again was about race.

On the eve of the 2011 tournament, black referees objected Wednesday to the Nebraska School Activities Association board that only two of 22 eligible African -American refs were assigned to tournament games.

Journalist and author Steve Marantz, a 1969 graduate of Omaha Central High, delves into the question of race with a new book, “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide.”