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Triumph Books Launches "The Year's Best Sports Writing" Series

March 3, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2021
Contact: Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman | Publicity Manager
312.337.0747 | agoldsmithwissman@ipgbook.com

CHICAGO, IL—Triumph Books, the leader in sports publishing, is thrilled to announce the launch of the new annual series “The Year’s Best Sports Writing,” beginning with The Year’s Best Sports Writing 2021, set to be released October 5, 2021.

The first edition will be edited by Glenn Stout, the longtime series editor of The Best American Sports Writing. A respected author and editor, Stout has received accolades from writers of every genre. “Glenn treats the words that make it into print like an inheritance, like objects that are being passed down,” says National Magazine Award winner Chris Jones. “And I believe he wants, more than anything, for those words to be good—to be worthy—and for them to continue to be good. I don’t know anyone who’s done more to seek out and highlight bright new talent.”

Stout will be supported by a diverse editorial board with decades of experience in longform writing and editing, including Howard Bryant, Kim Cross, Latria Graham, Linda Robertson, Roberto Jose Andrade Franco, Michael Mooney, Alex Belth, and Ben Baby.

The Best American Sports Writing, which Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ceased publishing after the 2020 edition, started in 1991 and was a yearly anthology of articles on sports published in the United States. The series was long-considered a must-read by many sports writers, as it featured the best works by their peers.

Following in the footsteps of this series, The Year’s Best Sports Writing 2021 will feature around 25 pieces from 2020, a year when the sports world was rocked by quarantines, season delays, and COVID bubbles, while also grappling with important conversations surrounding diversity.

“Over the course of three decades, Glenn Stout built an annual collection that became the standard all sports writers strive for,” says Triumph Books Publisher Noah Amstadter. “Thousands of readers eagerly anticipated cracking open their new copy of The Best American Sports Writing each year. We are honored to partner with Glenn on this successor series. Launching with a collection of stories published last year provides a selection as unprecedented as the year 2020—including pieces that explore how the world of sports wrestled with issues of race, health, politics and more.” 

As has been tradition, the complete list of writers featured in the 2021 volume will be embargoed until advanced copies are available later this summer.

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About Triumph Books and Independent Publishers Group (IPG):
Triumph Books is the nation’s leading sports book publisher, producing a wide range of titles—from biographies, memoirs and reference books to championship commemoratives. Over the course of three decades Triumph has built and maintained relationships with the biggest names in sports and sports media.

In June of 2021, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As the original North American distributor, IPG was founded specifically to represent titles from independent publishers to the book trade. Today IPG remains committed to reimagining distribution and has grown to provide its publishers with services ranging from pre-publication consultation, global sales, marketing & publicity, supply chain, print and digital distribution, data and reporting, to print brokerage. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from giving publishers broader reach into more markets, including general trade, academic, children's, Spanish and special markets.

Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is pleased to announce their partnership with TOKYOPOP, the publishing arm of POP Media Holdings and the company that established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language.

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