Publisher scores memoir of 'Concussion' doctor
A local publisher has acquired the memoir of the man whose story is portrayed in the recent film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.
Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, said yesterday that it is set to release the memoir of Dr. Bennett Omalu next fall.
The New York Timesbestselling author Mark Tabb is set to co-write the book.
His past projects include “Mistaken Identity,” “Running for My Life,” “Sacred Acre” and the upcoming memoir “Not Forgotten,” with former North Korean prisoner Kenneth Bae.
In the book, Omalu will share his life story, what led to his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and how he was uniquely positioned to take on the NFL.
Zondervan said Omalu's “remarkable story” has been partially told in the film and the media blitz surrounding its international release, but his book will share “never-before-told” insight into CTE, along with his deeply personal stories and the important role his faith has played in his work.
"There is more to his story than what viewers saw on movie screens," said David Morris, VP and publisher, Zondervan books.
Morris said Omalu is a “man of deep faith and conviction,” who wants to share how his faith carried him from a “young boy suffering from malnutrition in Nigeria” to becoming a “highly recognized doctor courageously fighting for victims of CTE.”
The book will open with Omalu conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster and not realizing what he had discovered or its lasting implications.
His personal journey will unfold as he remembers his turbulent childhood in Africa and how his faith prepared him, an outsider to American culture, to stage “an impossible battle.”
Omalu continues to research CTE, an important social and medical issue that is not bound by one sport. Readers will learn more about the disease and how Omalu's research can help adapt contact sports, especially those played by children, to be safer.
Steve Ross of Abrams Artists Agency is representing Omalu.
"Omalu is driven by an insatiable hunger for truth and a divine calling to speak out for that what he believes to be right,” Ross said. This book will make a lasting impression.”
Zondervan said Omalu is signed with Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau and is currently among its most in-demand speakers.