Local Author Discusses New Book at the Library

The 4S Ranch Library hosted a reading, Q&A, and book signing with Kirk Kenney for his book, 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. The book is a compilation of things all fans – longtime or brand new – need to know and do in their lifetime. Kirk has collected every essential piece of Padres knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, providing the ultimate checklist to help you progress toward fan superstardom.

Kirk was born in Escondido, raised in La Mesa, and now lives in North County once again. He attended San Diego State University on a partial scholarship paid for by Union-Tribune Publishing, where he majored in business and minored in journalism. He even worked as a paperboy for the Tribune for eight years. Kirk led the sports staff as the section editor at the Daily Aztec during his senior year, and was already a working journalist at the San Diego edition of the LA Times before graduation. He has been a sportswriter at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. He has covered many significant San Diego sports moments over the years, including Tony Gwynn’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball All-Star game and World Series, Chargers football and the National Football League Super Bowl, and the U.S. Open Golf Championship and Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Kirk was contacted by Triumph Books, a leading sports book publisher, in the spring of last year to write the Padres book. It is his first book. He currently covers the Padres, Aztec Football, the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls, and the College Baseball World Series for the Union-Tribune.