A presentation by Chris Kluwe, whom the New York Times described as "the most interesting man in the NFL," is the next event in Worthington Libraries' Hear & Now author series.
In September 2012, Kluwe made national headlines, not for his performance as punter for the Minnesota Vikings, but for an open letter he wrote lambasting a Maryland state assembly delegate for attempting to stifle the opinion of a fellow NFL player who spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage.
Kluwe's letter, which appeared on the website Deadspin, was articulate, passionate and filled with insults. He eviscerated Emmett C. Burns, the Maryland delegate, and became the NFL's most outspoken proponent of same-sex marriage and a lightning rod for controversy.
Last month, Deadspin published another article by Kluwe in which he states he was fired from the Minnesota Vikings "by two cowards and a bigot." If he believes he is in the right, he is unafraid to say exactly what he thinks.
His 2013 book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, is an extension of his candor and conviction. This collection of personal essays ranges from marriage equality and religion to guns, football and more.
Kluwe will be in Worthington on March 27, at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St. Tickets for his presentation, which starts at 7 p.m., can be purchased for $10, including a 6 p.m. meet-the-author reception. Tickets are available now at the MAC; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online at mcconnellarts.org/ wp/events. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.
The Hear & Now author series is also sponsored by the MAC and Holiday Inn.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.