Before there was the newspaper article, there was the story behind the story.
Sidelined, a new book by Kevin C. Mills, an award-winning sports journalist, takes a look at journalism in a unique way. Reliving his own experiences with some of New England’s top newspapers, Mills presents strange but true episodes from his own career. He chronicles some of his favorite incidents with humor and wit while presenting the finished product, which barely hint at the story behind its publication.
Follow Mills as he chases hockey legend Wayne Gretzky down the hall of the FleetCenter or shows up at Mike Bordick’s doorstep. Relive the stop the presses moment that he missed when Mike Tyson was knocked out by Buster Douglass. Learn the back-story to some of Mills’ greatest stories and laugh along as Mills endures faulty stadium lights and gates that lock him inside the football stadium. Read about the story that accidently won an award or how he went from reporter to rescuer while on the sailing beat. See the job of a journalist in a brand new way and through the perspective of one of Maine’s top scribes.
Mills writes about his adventures and then provides the article that was subsequently published. From game stories to some of his best work, learn what truly happens when a journalist is on the sidelines and reporting on the world of sports.
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About the Author
He has been recognized numerous times by the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association. He has also been honored by the Maine Basketball Coaches Association and the Maine Athletic Administrators Association for outstanding print media contributions to Maine Interscholastic athletics.
A native of Gorham, Maine, Mills graduated from Gorham High School and Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.
In addition to Sidelined, Mills has also republished his first novel Sons and Daughters of the Ocean.
Sons and Daughters of the Ocean follows the lives of three young teens growing up in a small Maine coastal village, Brooks Harbor. A close proximity to the sea defines the community and shapes the lives of its people. The community is filled with merchant mariners, shipbuilders and crew. Those that don't earn their keep directly off the sea-faring life either profit or benefit from it.
The story is based in the 1870's and takes readers back to the age of sail, where fortunes were made and lives were shaped by the fickle winds that raged across the oceans.
Albert Miller, Sammy Jones and Sarah Dyer are all products of that environment. Their families have rich maritime histories and all three characters are about to embark on a distinctive course in their lives that will change them forever.
Mills has a rich maritime history of his own. His ancestors were shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers. Sons and Daughters of the Ocean is based loosely on that heritage. Two of his ancestors, poetess Celia Thaxter and maritime author George S. Wasson, were integral parts of Maine's early literary heritage. Mills spent much of the last decade researching his family history and subsequently wrote and published two books on that heritage.
For more information, go to www.kevincmills.com or email