'Krzyzewskiville Tales' Author to Speak

Twelve tenters tell stories about their love of Duke basketball

Aaron Dinin, a 2005 Duke graduate, will be in town the week of Oct. 17 to promote his new book The Krzyzewskiville Tales (Duke University Press, 2005).

Dinin will speak at Bostock Library Periodicals Reading Room on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for sale.

Dinin will also be signing books before and during the Blue and White Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 22. He'll be at Cameron from 11:30 a.m. until the end of the game.

The Krzyzewskiville Tales is a series of fictionalized tales, in the tradition of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, in which 12 tenters tell stories about Duke basketball and tenting traditions to a reporter visiting their tent.

The students report on ribald tenting exploits, relate a fantasy scene in which Duke basketball players and coaches test a fan's loyalty, debate the rationality of tenting as a way of allocating students' tickets, and describe the spontaneous tent city that sprang up one summer when their beloved Coach K was offered a job elsewhere.

The tales illustrate how an occasional tenting tradition at Duke grew into an institution with complex rules and tribal customs.

The Krzyzewskiville Tales ($21.95) is available at The Gothic Bookshop, at other local bookstores and online bookstores, and direct from Duke University Press.