Marc Bona is a features writer for cleveland.com who covers, as he says, “all the fun things in life” – food, beer, wine, sports entertainment and sports history. He previously worked in assorted editing roles for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, The Post-Tribune in Gary, Indiana; The Times Union in Albany, New York; The Detroit News, San Antonio Light and The Dallas Morning News. Winner of numerous Cleveland Press Club writing awards, he has written three books. His football-based novel “The Game Changer” was published in 2018. “Hidden History of Cleveland Sports” and “The Reason We Play” came out in 2021. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he lives in Akron with his wife Lynne Sherwin and their rescue pup Addie.
Hidden History of Cleveland Sports
“Hidden History of Cleveland Sports” goes beyond The Fumble, The Shot, The Drive - ignoble moments in Cleveland’s rich sports history. But there are many under-the-radar, often forgotten individuals, teams and moments that deserve attention. (The History Press, 2021)
The Game Changer
“The Game Changer” is a sports mystery. Sportswriter Catharine Andrews knows what professional football is like in the near future, but as the season begins she finds herself digging into a mysterious, dominating player’s past to uncover the secret of his greatness. This all-ages book gives the reader a vantage on the field and in the locker room as a mystery unfolds. (Luminare Press, 2018)
The Reason We Play
“The Reason We Play” is a compilation of 23 biographical portraits of famous athletes, coaches and sports personalities, with each chapter ending with – in the subjects’ own words – their favorite book they read as a kid and brief words of advice for youngsters. The subjects form a diverse lot – old and young, current and retired, men and women, and individuals from different parts of the country. The book extols the value of reading and shows youngsters / tweens / teens that many great sports personalities were once kids and enjoyed reading. I wrote it to be both entertaining and educational. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)