SI in the News
Jeslyn Farrow Russo, the mother of Xavier '11 and Dominique '10 Russo, writes the following:
"One of the authors of The Rising, Jon Land, is an alum and booster at Brown so he knew Xavier while X played there ('11-'14). I flew to most of the games to watch X play and came to know Jon pretty well. Coach Blu [Steve Bluford '84] even joined me on a flight across the country to watch X play, and Blu met Jon Land at a tailgate. Jon was so taken with Blu that he said he was going to use his name in his next book, The Rising. That was about two years ago and the book has just been published and released. After a bit of back and forth I ended up giving some editorial support to Jon for this book as it was set in the Bay Area, and Jon was not familiar with some of the nuances of area. Jon ended up making Saint Ignatius College Prep the high school his main characters attend. Coach Blu is fictionalized as the Head Football Coach and even the Cat Pack are included. These were all little bits I offered to Jon to give the book some realism (even though it is science fiction)."