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John Feinstein

When: Thu., March 3, 7 p.m. 2016

STARTING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 JOHN FEINSTEIN

Great sports rivalries usually involve a pair of cities with a bone to pick, or two athletes of opposing styles who produce something uniquely electric as they vie for dominance. Rivalries between coaches or managers are far less prevalent in our collective memory, and while most fall short of delivering the thrills of Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird or a Yankees/Red Sox World Series, if any coaching rivalry counts as an epic drama, it's the one depicted in The Legends Club. Celebrated sports writer John Feinstein starts off in 1980, introducing UNC's coach, the local powerhouse Dean Smith, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, an unknown with a surname that vexed some early doubters. Chronicling the dual rise of Coach K and N.C. State's Jim Valvano, Feinstein, a preeminent college-basketball authority, re-creates a decade of fierce competition, shedding light on a bruising recruiting process and the cultural impact of a rivalry that became personal as well as the stuff of legend. After this Quail Ridge Books appearance Wednesday, Feinstein also appears at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books on Thursday and the Regulator Bookshop on Friday. —David Klein

QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS, RALEIGH 7 p.m., free, www.quailridgebooks.com

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