MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kate Buford, best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling biography, Burt Lancaster: An American Life, will deliver a free public lecture about her newest book, Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
The lecture is free to the public and will take place in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, on the Oklahoma City University campus. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the lecture will be followed by a book signing.
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry said, “In January of 1951, Jim Thorpe, America’s first celebrity athlete, was named the best football player of the half-century. A month later, he received 252 votes for, and was named, best male athlete of the half-century, with Babe Ruth coming in second at 86 votes. My friend Kate Buford’s telling of his story is humorous, insightful and inspiring. It is a story of great triumph, and a little tragedy, and it is a lively read.”
Native American Son is being hailed as “The definitive biography of a legendary figure in American history, in and out of sports,” by the Library Journal and “An impeccably researched biography of one of the world’s greatest all-around athletes, a symbol of racial injustice and untapped potential,” by Publishers Weekly.
Kate Buford has written for The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Film Comment, and Bluegrass Unlimited, among other publications. She has been a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition and American Public Media’s Marketplace, and on Virginia’s NPR affiliate, WMRA. Her biography of Burt Lancaster was named one of the Best Books of 2000 by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. She lives in Lexington, Virginia, and Westchester, New York.