Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Understanding (A FAN program with author Larry Olmsted)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Larry Olmsted, author of the new book, Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Understanding. Mr. Olmsted will be interviewed by Michael Patrick Shiels. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Fans from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Olmsted and Shiels that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Why do we care so much about sports, and how does being a fan effect our lives? In his enlightening new book, Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted, author of the New York Times bestselling Real Food/Fake Food, makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health, the more meaningful your relationships, and the better connected and happier you are. Using brand new research and exclusive interviews with fans and experts around the world, Mr. Olmsted presents a game-changing look into why being a fan is good for us both as individuals and as a society.

Mr. Olmsted, a columnist for USA Today and Forbes who has written for dozens of national publications, explores the many ways sports fans have the power to change the world. Whether you are a devoted fan of Serena Williams, can never miss a Cubs game, or you are counting down the days until the 2021 Summer Olympics, Fans illustrates how a passion for sports also provides community and hope. The book shows how sports act as a cultural currency, a global language, and a source of healing, and it displays recent groundbreaking studies into the effects of sports fandom.

About the Author: Larry Olmsted is an award-winning journalist who has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, where he taught nonfiction writing. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Real Food/Fake Food and Getting into Guinness, a history of the Guinness Book of World Records, a book for which he broke three world records himself while researching. He currently writes online columns for Forbes and USA Today, and he appears regularly on television and radio. Mr. Olmsted is an avid fan of American Ninja Warrior and a passionate fan of sports fans.

About the Interviewer: Michael Patrick Shiels is an author, travel writer, and award-winning syndicated radio host. He has collaborated with the likes of Larry King, George H.W. Bush and Jack Nicklaus. He is currently writing his next book, The Boy and the Bull: Fear and Parenting in Pamplona.


Event date: 

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Algonquin Books - March 2nd, 2021

“Olmsted opens a window into a psychologically compelling world of passion and purpose.”
—Harvey Araton, author of Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship

Larry Olmsted’s writing and research have been called “eye-opening” (People), “impressive” (Publishers Weekly, starred revie