Scott Simon, the award-winning journalist and NPR host, will write a book about the Chicago Cubs for Blue Rider Press, it was announced this week. Part club history, part personal history, part reflection on what it means to be a Cubs fan, the untitled book will be published in April 2017. World rights were acquired by Blue Rider Press president and publisher David Rosenthal from Wayne Kabak of WSK Management, LLC.
“I am excited to be able to write this book about what is, after all, the longest-running love of my life. Cubs fans have shared a special joy with the country this year.” said Simon. “But the secret we’ve carried for more than a century is that even through all the fiascos, farces, and screw-ups, Cubs fans usually manage to find a way to have a good time anyway. The key to a happy life may be somewhere in there.”
On July 31, 2016, Simon threw out the first pitch at a Cubs vs. Mariners game, which the Cubs won in twelve innings and then began a thirteen-game win streak that solidified their hold on first place. It’s reported that Aroldis Chapman’s reaction to Simon’s pitch from the bullpen was: “Asi es como se hace!” (“So that’s how it’s done!”)
Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, having reported from all over the world and many wars. He is the award-winning host of Weekend Edition Saturday. With over 4 million listeners it is the most-listened to news program on NPR. Simon has written seven books including the recently published, Just Getting Started,
with Tony Bennett, and has one of the largest personal media followings on Twitter. He also hosts public television specials and does stories for CBS Sunday Morning. Scott received the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois in 2016, the state’s highest honor.