Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 6:30pm
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will host Brooke Bentley in person on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30pm.

Brooke Bentley will be in conversation with John Lopez.

A young sports journalist soon learns the toughest hits occur off the field.

Fresh out of journalism school, Blake Kirk lands her dream job as a reporter for her hometown pro football team--the job sure to propel her to the sidelines on network television. But from the first day, double standards and old-school entitlement smack her with the intensity of a defensive line.

Blake's boss, Johnny, keeps her sidelined with rules that make it hard for her to do her job. He blocks her from interviewing players in the locker room even though other journalists have access. He encourages her to go with coworkers to "bond," knowing full well they're taking her to a strip club. Worse still, Johnny may be the one leaving notes on her desk about how great she looks in pants.

Hit after hit, Blake forges on, determined to prove her worth to the team and her journalism peers. But in a world filled with boozy exploits and overblown egos, Blake finds her moral compass wavering after a celebrity tryst. Can Blake realign her professional priorities and expose Johnny's bullying before her dream job does her in?

​Brooke Bentley is a former television anchor and award-winning sports reporter who graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's in journalism. Through Sideline Confidential, she gives us a glimpse into the challenges women professionals face in the male-dominated world of pro sports.

Brooke Bentley is a former television anchor and award-winning sports reporter. After graduating with a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California, she spent two years working for the Houston Texans as a media personality and over a decade working in sports journalism. Brooke now devotes her time to championing local nonprofits, including Homemade Hope, where she served as the development director. She and her husband live in Houston and are raising two young boys. 

Sideline Confidential is Brooke’s debut novel, where she shares her firsthand knowledge of the challenges women professionals face in the male-dominated world of professional sports.

John Lopez is one of Houston's most respected sports radio and TV personalities. His well-known wit and tell-it-like-it-is commentary has made him one of the most popular hosts at SportsRadio 610 for well over a decade. Prior to establishing a career in radio, John worked as a reporter and columnist at the Houston Chronicle for 17 years. In total, John has spent 38 years covering sports, 33 of those years here in Houston. In 2022, he was inducted into Texas A&M's Journalism Hall of Honor. 

Sideline Confidential By Brooke Bentley Cover Image
ISBN: 9798886450866
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Greenleaf Book Group Press - August 15th, 2023