Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Chris Kluwe, the outspoken Vikings punter, to publish his essays

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book news Updated: January 18, 2013 - 11:51 AM

 

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Star Tribune staff photo by Jim Gehrz.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Star Tribune staff photo by Jim Gehrz.

 

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has been smart and outspoken all his life, but the rest of us only found out about it last year, when he wrote a letter to a Maryland legislator, taking him to task for his anti-gay-rights stance. I can't really quote from the letter here because this is a family blog on a family website that is part of a family newspaper, but most of you probably read the letter already, and if you didn't, you can read it here.

 Now, Kluwe will make a little money from his words, when Little, Brown publishes a collection of his essays (which they are calling in a press release "hilarious, pointed and touching") this summer.

The title of the book--"Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" --apparently comes from a Mother Jones article, which called Kluwe "a glimmering sparklepony of candor."

According to the press release, the essays will touch on faith, government, professional sports, religion, social values, and human rights.

On Twitter--Kluwe tweets at @ChrisWarcraft (he's a gamer)--Kluwe said the book will include "uncensored essays and stories about whatever I feel like."

He adds, in a second tweet, "Topics of the book include, but are not limited to: sportsball, augmented reality, empathy, random wordplay, the Fermi Paradox, and Grus."

(I only know what some of those things are.)

You can also order a signed "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" bookplate from the publisher (limited availability). Details are here.  The book is scheduled for June 25 publication.

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