In Store Event: David Magee & Ivan Maisel for DEAR WILLIAM and I KEEP TRYING TO CATCH HIS EYE

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 6:00pm


Please join us on Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm for a discussion between authors David Magee and Ivan Maisel.

Reserve signed first editions of Dear William and I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye. Personalization available. 

About the Authors

David Magee is an award-winning columnist, author, and TEDx speaker. He’s been a daily newspaper publisher, small business owner, a regular guest on CNBC, and once hosted a national cable TV program, The David Magee Show. He is currently the Director of Institute Advancement at the University of Mississippi—the role he started after helping create and launch The William Magee Center for AOD and Wellness Education at the university, named for his late son who died of a drug overdose. The Magee Center focuses on substance misuse education and support within the university and the effort is about to grow beyond, into the university’s next standalone national institute—the Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Ivan Maisel is Vice President/Editorial and Senior Writer at He has covered college football for nearly four decades, from 2002-2021 as a senior writer for ESPN, where he wrote for, appearing on television, ESPN Radio and on podcasts. He also served as Editor-at-Large for ESPN College Football 150. Prior to joining, Maisel covered national college football for Sports IllustratedNewsday, and The Dallas Morning News. He has been honored eight times for Best Story by the Football Writers Association of America, and twice by The Associated Press Sports Editors, which in 2019 named him one of the 10 best sports columnists. Maisel earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Stanford University.

Praise for... Dear William

"Shot through with hope, purpose and an unflinching love, it's a story that must be read."

Award-winning columnist and author David Magee addresses his poignant story to all those who will benefit from better understanding substance misuse so that his hard-earned wisdom can save others from the fate of his late son, William.

Praise for... I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye

“This is a poignant memoir about the love that propels us to carry on and move forward after loss. Ivan Maisel gives voice to emotions that many of us have felt but few have been able to articulate.”—Adam Grant#1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and coauthor of Option B

“This is a story about grief, and loss and sorrow, yes. But it is also a story about triumph over those things, about love, devotion and grace.”—Wright ThompsonNew York Times bestselling author of Pappyland

"[A] beautiful and heart-wrenching work... Flashbacks to Max's childhood make him a vivid personality, and photos of him throughout render the author's grief devastatingly visceral... Maisel writes honestly... The result yields a deeply affecting testament to the fragility of life, and the human capacity for resilience."—Publishers Weekly

Event address: 
Off Square Books
Oxford, MS 38655
Dear William: A Father's Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953295682
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Matt Holt - November 2nd, 2021

I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306925740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - October 26th, 2021