Program Type:Author Event
Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of pickleball with author Erin McHugh!
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. USA Pickleball statistics show the sport grew to 4.8 million players in 2021, an increase of more than 14%, and the New Yorker recently reported that pickleball “has exploded in popularity in recent years”—in particular among a younger demographic: the average player age is now 38.
In other words: surely you or someone you know has been bitten by the pickleball bug!
Easy to learn but impossible to master, people aren’t just dabbling in this up-and-coming activity—they are truly obsessed. Vanity Fair reports that pickleball has “won over everyone, from Leonardo DiCaprio to your grandparents.” As Serena Williams said to pickle devotee Ellen DeGeneres, “I love pickleball! This could be a second career for me!”
Join author Erin McHugh as she takes readers on a journey from the sport’s quirky origins to its modern-day cult following, and find out all there is to love about the world's fastest-growing sport.
About the Author
Erin McHugh is the author of 30 books of humor, inspiration, trivia, children’s, history, and LGBTQ topics. A former publishing industry executive, McHugh has worked for various publishers, and was Executive Vice President and Creative Partner at Franklin Spier, the publishing advertising agency. She also has enjoyed a second career as a Barnes & Noble bookseller in New York City, a judge in Barnes & Noble’s national Discover Great New Writers program, and as a book buyer back in her hometown at a luxury home store.
She is an enthusiastic interviewee, a tireless self-promoter, and of course, a devoted pickleballer.