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Thursday, October 23, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - New York Times best-selling author Jim Dent will speak at a meeting of the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the sixth floor parlor, Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. Dent, a longtime award-winning journalist, covered the Dallas Cowboys for 11 years in Fort Worth and Dallas and has written six books.

His current book, “Twelve Mighty Orphans,” is currently one of the country’s most popular sports books and is under option to become a movie. The book tells the story of the Fort Worth Masonic Home’s football team of orphans who dominated Texas high school football for much of the 1930s, reaching the state semifinals twice and the finals once during the decade. As reviewer Wes Lukowsky wrote, “This is Seabiscuit for football fans, sure to attract narrative nonfiction fans who like to mix sports, inspiration and popular history.”

Copies of the book will be available for sale during the reception following Dent’s presentation. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. Contact Betty Wood at (817) 272-7421 or bwood@uta.edu by Nov. 6 to RSVP or request a special accommodation to participate.

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