Steve Oney visits the University of Georgia today to promote his new book, “A Man’s World: Portraits - A Gallery of Fighters, Creators, Actors and Desperados.”The book was released on May 2.
The book is a collection of 20 profiles on men Oney wrote about during the past 40 years of his journalism career. “It’s a summation of 40 years of hard work,” Oney says. “So this is really what I’ve spent my life doing, writing magazine articles. These are twenty of the best from the 40 years I have been doing it.” During the reception period of Oney’s book promotion, he read excerpts from his book and talked with guests about his career as a magazine writer. Oney, an alumnus of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, explains that this book is for readers to enjoy as well as reflect on. “I am really most interested in delighting you,” Oney states. “I’m hoping that when you read this you are going to laugh, you’re going to cry and feel what it’s like to be in the presence of these people...I’m hoping that you read these pieces and capture a glimmer of life.” Oney is no stranger to the book writing world.
His first novel, “And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank,” details an infamous criminal case in Georgia’s history. For future works, Oney is preparing a piece that will detail the history of national public radio. He intends on highlighting how public radio has evolved into the vast system we have today.