Chasing Water

Chasing Water

Elegy of an Olympian

Anthony Ervin, Constantine Markides


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  • QUESTION FOR CBSD: should we consider a small Hardcover run on this title?
  • Anthony Ervin is currently training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This personal story is a profoundly interesting narrative that is sure to draw major national attention in the run-up to the Olympics.
  • Ervin's story is incredibly dramatic--after winning the gold in 2000, he left the sport of swimming behind and descended into a life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Twelve years later he resurfaced out of nowhere and was FASTER! And made the 2012 Olympic team.
  • Ervin is biracial, another dimension to this story.
  • Together with the Cyd Zeigler book in this season, this title launches the "Edge of Sports" imprint curated by sportswriter and Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin.
  • 10,000-copy first printing.
  • Simultaneous publication of paperback and e-book editions.
  • International sales potential in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.
  • Galleys (and e-galleys via Edelweiss) available in November 2015.
  • Digital Reading Group Guide available from Akashic's website.
  • Galley display & giveaways at ALA Mid Winter.
  • Major media push to national TV, radio, print, and online publications.
  • Giveaways on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Advvance Access.

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