"Friday Night Lights" Author To Speak at The University of Texas at Austin

Event: H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger, the best-selling author of "Friday Night Lights," will speak at The University of Texas at Austin at an event hosted by the Plan II Honors Program.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3

Where: ATandT Conference Center Amphitheater 204, 1900 University Ave. A campus map is available online.

Background: Bissinger will discuss "Friday Night Lights and Beyond: The Critical State of Sports Today" as part of the 2011 Julius and Suzan Glickman Centennial Lecture series.

"Friday Night Lights" is a New York Times bestseller and was later adapted into a film and a hit TV series. ESPN called "Friday Night Lights" "the best book on sports over the past quarter-century."

Bissinger has published stories in some of the nation's most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He is also a co-producer and writer for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue. In 1987 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a six-part series on the Philadelphia court system that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked from 1981 to 1988.

Bissinger also wrote the best-selling "Three Nights in August" on the subject of Major League Baseball, and "A Prayer for the City," on the plight of urban America. He recently co-wrote "Shooting Stars," a memoir of LeBron James' childhood experiences with basketball.

The event, sponsored by Julius and Suzan Glickman, is free and open to the public.