Writer David Magee is an award-winning columnist and author of books including his upcoming title Dear William. Written to his late son who died of an accidental drug overdose, the memoir will be published in November 2021 by Matt Holt Books/BenBella.
Called “breathtakingly brilliant” in tone by renowned memoirist Kiese Laymon and “powerful and revelatory” by NYT bestselling author Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Magee’s memoir Dear William addresses addiction, recovery, love and loss, and the making and near-breaking of an American family like no book you’ve ever read. With a triumphant conclusion, Dear William is an inspiring, must-read for students and parents everywhere.
David, an inspirational keynote speaker and the Director of Institute Advancement at the University of Mississippi, is a change-maker on alcohol and other drug wellness education and support and wellbeing. He helped inspire and create the William Magee Center for Wellness Education at the University of Mississippi, named for his late son and designed to improve lives with new solutions.
Formerly a columnist for Newsweek, and a former daily newspaper and magazine publisher and a vice president of Alabama Media Group (al.com), David is the author of a dozen books including How Toyota Became #1 (Penguin), named a Top 10 Business Book of the Year from the American Library Association, and The Education of Mr. Mayfield, a best book of the South (2009), and he has been a regular guest on CNBC.
A native of Oxford, Magee is a graduate of The University of Mississippi. His wife, Kent, is a yoga teacher specializing in yoga for addiction.