HARD WORK: On Sale Today! Plus a BIG giveaway!

Hard Work Today is the first day that you can buy Coach Roy Williams‘ new memoir Hard Work; A Life On and Off the Court. His autobiography describes his hardscrabble childhood in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the experiences which helped to inspire in him the determination and hard work which shaped his success. The book spells out how he recruits, teaches, and motivates his players, and how he’s shepherded teams through some of the most nail-biting games at both Kansas and UNC. Its a must read for any fan of college basketball.

A great piece about the new book ran in the News & Observer recently; you can read the article here and check out an excerpt from the book here. Later this month Coach Williams will be appearing on “The Charlie Rose Show,” NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, and NPR’s Morning Edition, and he’ll be interviewed in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Check back on the blog for more media updates.

Coach Williams will be signing books in the North Carolina area; a full list of events can be found here. If you can’t make it to one of his signings, we are giving away 5 SIGNED copies to 5 lucky blog readers!!! Here’s how to win:

• Write a comment on any Algonquin blog post this week; you may comment on as many blog posts as you wish to increase your chances of winning!
• Only comments before 12 pm ET on Friday, November 13th will count, so get your comments in before this deadline!
• We’ll randomly select from all entries by 5pm ET on November 13th!

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to www.roywilliamsbook.com to watch the video trailer, read an excerpt, listen to the first chapter on HighBridge audio, and see some of Coach Williams’ family photos!

We are so excited for this book to finally be available. Head on over to your local independent bookstore, or to a Borders, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com and pick up your copy today. (Or, even better, join us tonight at McIntyre’s Fine Books!)

We can’t wait to hear what you think!



33 Comments On This Post:

November 3, 2009
3:30 pm
Matt Clements says...

I received an advanced copy of the book for promotional purposes – I could not put it down once I got started reading it. Great job by Tim Crothers and the editors making a compelling story very coherent and entertaining.

November 3, 2009
4:36 pm
Julie P. says...

My husband grew up rooting for UNC. I’d love to give him a copy!

November 3, 2009
4:39 pm
Marie says...

As a UNC Chapel Hill Basketball fan, I own a few Dean Smith biographies. I can’t wait to add a Roy Williams one to my collection!

November 3, 2009
8:32 pm
Natasha Oreskovich says...

I would love to have a signed copy of this book!!

November 3, 2009
9:21 pm
Ellen Putman says...

Finally, what all UNC fans have been waiting for.

November 3, 2009
11:45 pm
Dan R says...

This will definitely be on the Christmas list this year! My brother is a huge UNC basketball fan!

November 5, 2009
11:08 am
Krueger says...

Roy is the man, and I am glad this book shows that. GO HEELS!

November 5, 2009
11:58 am
Andrew says...

Getting a couple for friends and family, hopefully one can be signed :- )

November 5, 2009
12:00 pm
michael fulton says...

Great job Roy!

November 5, 2009
12:00 pm
Jamey B says...

My wife picked up a copy the day it came out for us and it is just a fantastic read. The only criticism is that I was REALLY hoping for a little more detail to that 2000 NCAA halfcourt conversation with coach Kay in Winston-Salem…oh well, I guess I’ll just have to buy the sequel 🙂

November 5, 2009
12:01 pm
Gordon Price says...

After reading the excerpts, I cannot wait to read this book! It can’t arrive soon enough! Great work by the author and publisher! Thanks!!!!!

November 5, 2009
12:07 pm
Jason says...

Can’t wait to read this.

November 5, 2009
12:20 pm
David says...

I have never won anything in my life so i am posting a blog for a chance to win. LOL pick me pick me!

November 5, 2009
12:20 pm
David says...


November 5, 2009
12:26 pm
David says...

The excerpt posted on SI regarding Roy’s difficult childhood was truly inspiring!

November 5, 2009
1:00 pm
April Pitcairn says...

As a chapter leader for KU in Southern California during the Roy Williams days (and now), I really admire Coach Williams. He is a true gentleman and one of the greatest coaches ever. Although I love Bill Self, I still miss Coach Williams. I’d love to get an autographed copy of his book!!

November 5, 2009
1:29 pm
Wesley Carson says...

A signed copy of this book would be an excellent Christmas present for my father a die hard Heels fan.

November 5, 2009
2:24 pm
Mason Harris says...

My mom thinks she was one of the first to know that RW was coming to UNC to coach. Both my parents admire him and would be ecstatic over an autographed copy of this book.

November 5, 2009
6:45 pm
Jay P says...

I am really looking foward to reading this!

November 6, 2009
9:15 am
Marie says...

Is it wrong that I picked where I wanted to go to college based on the basketball team??? Go Heels! Great work Roy.

November 6, 2009
9:40 am
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November 6, 2009
11:15 am
Chris says...

Go Heels!

November 7, 2009
11:55 pm
Weston McManus says...

My wife would love this book. Sounds like a good christmas present…

November 8, 2009
9:36 am
Marie says...

UNC first televised game is tomorrow!
Florida International University
(2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
Chapel Hill, NC–7:00 pm

November 8, 2009
9:37 am
Marie says...

Go Heels! 🙂

November 8, 2009
6:26 pm
jennie says...

I have been wishing Roy Williams would write a book and now my wish has come true!

November 9, 2009
11:51 am
@mitydad says...

Excellent giveaway! I would love this. I am a huge fan, and this item would be a diamond in my collection!

November 9, 2009
11:54 am
Allison Collinger says...

As a long-time Roy Williams fan from Kansas, I can’t wait to check out this book. Would love to present my dad with autographed copy as a holiday gift! Great idea for exposure!

November 9, 2009
9:06 pm
Erika S. says...

I can’t wait to get a copy of this book! It’ll be on my Christmas list, and a few family members might be getting one as well!

November 9, 2009
11:09 pm
CLM says...

I am a Duke fan but unlike most Dukies I do root for Carolina when they aren’t playing the Devils! I am curious to know more about Roy. I ran into him once at the Charlotte airport – it was so funny to see him in real life, not on TV.

November 11, 2009
4:53 pm
Kathy J says...

All the excerpts I have read are greatly insightful and make me admire Coach Roy even more. Glad that basketball season is beginning!

November 12, 2009
10:34 am
Gaby says...

Can’t wait to dive into this one! I just love Algonquin and Workman books : D

November 13, 2009
2:38 pm
Cat W. says...

Want to give my dad a signed copy for Christmas! I have heard so many wonderful things, I just hope he lets me borrow it when he’s done!

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