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Book Talk! LIFE IN THE G by Alex Squadron

October 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Decorated sportswriter Alex Squadron discusses his new book LIFE IN THE G with Mirin Fader


Welcome to the G League—the official minor league of the National Basketball Association. Life in the G is about the arduous quest to achieve an improbable goal: making it to the NBA. Zeroing in on the Birmingham Squadron and four of its players—Jared Harper, Joe Young, Zylan Cheatham, and Malcolm Hill—Alex Squadron details the pursuit of a dream in what turned out to be the most remarkable season in the history of minor league sports.

Life in the G League is far from glamorous. Players make enormous sacrifices and work unimaginable hours in the hope that someone in the NBA will give them a chance. To this day, very few fans—even the most passionate followers of the NBA—know much about the G League. In the fall of 2021, the Birmingham Squadron granted author Alex Squadron complete access to the team to capture the experience of playing in the league.

That year, with hundreds of NBA players sidelined by the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19, the G League saw a record number of call-ups. Sports Illustrated labeled it “the year of the NBA replacement player.” Many of those players stayed in the NBA, earning life-changing contracts and taking on significant roles for their new teams. In addition to recounting the organization’s inaugural season, Squadron’s access to the Birmingham Squadron enabled him to document the incredible journeys of G League players and to tell the larger story of life in the G. This is the inspiring tale of an unforgettable season and the emotional roller coaster for everyone involved in the chase for an NBA dream.


Alex Squadron is a writer from New York. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied writing and American culture. While in college, he held editorial internships at Sports Illustrated, SLAM and the NBA, developing his skills as a journalist. Upon graduating, Alex was hired as a sports reporter for the New York Post. He covered all the major New York sports teams and eventually initiated his own weekly NBA column (“Court Awareness”). For three years, he then served as an associate editor for SLAM. During his time with SLAM, he also reported on numerous marquee events, including the NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Weekend and the FIBA World Cup in China.


Mirin Fader is a senior staff writer for The Ringer and the author of GIANNIS: THE IMPROBABLE RISE OF AN NBA CHAMPION. She wrote for Bleacher Report from 2017 to 2020. Her work has been honored by the Pro Writers Basketball Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the U.S. Writers Basketball Association, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Los Angeles Press Club. She was named a Top Women in Media in the “Up and Comer” category in 2019, and her work has been featured in the “Best American Sports Writing” series.


October 19, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Chevalier’s Books
133 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
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