◊ Literary ◊ – ◊ Hardball ◊ Baseball books with a literary flair for hardcore fans who enjoy a good read as much as they do keeping up with batting averages, home runs, RBIs, and ERAs. _________________________________________________________________________________ "Writing is exciting and baseball is like writing. You can never tell with either how it will go..." --Marianne Moore ________________________________________________________ ≈Anthologies of Prose & Poetry≈ __________________________________________________________________
BASEBALL & THE GAME OF IDEAS: Essays for the Serious Fan, edited & introduction by Peter C. Bjarkman.Incisive, insightful writing by Stephen Jay Gould, Mark Harris, John Bowman, John Hildebidle, Thomas Altherr, William Humber, John Holway and half a dozen other "players" on the game's social value, intellectual roots, mythic underpinnings, baseball astrology, rites of manhood, the demise of the .400 hitter, and more. The extensive bibliography of baseball literature gathered by Bjarkman is alone worth the price of a ticket. "The breadth of this collection is impressive..."-- LIBRARY JOURNAL. "Resounding success!..."--DUGOUT MAGAZINE. 212 pages. Trade hardbound: $28. Signed limited hardcover by
authors: $100.00. ISBN: 0-913559-19-9.
BASEBALL & THE GAME OF LIFE: Stories for the Thinking Fan, edited & introduction by Peter C. Bjarkman, with baseball reading lists.15 "hot corner" stories by W.P. Kinsella, Robert Coover, Jay Neugeboren, William Stafford, Henry Roth, David Nemec and others on the human condition as impacted by the baseball diamond. Printed letterpress in sepia ink on 80 lb. Mohawk Vellum from metal engravings. "Noteworthy..."--NEW YORK TIMES. "Sparkling selection of baseball fiction..."--LIBRARY JOURNAL. Gold-stamped hard-bound edition: $30. Signed by editor: $40. ISBN: 0-913559-15-6. 232 pages.
BASEBALL & THE LYRICAL LIFE: Poetry & Diamond Dust, selected by Birch Brook Press. A lively anthology of poems which reach across the history of baseball and including the subjective views of fans on particular players and plays as well as on on various aspects of the game. "An elegant apologia to justify its mix of poets and non-poets by arguing that baseball conjoins all fans in a common dialog..."--WOODSTOCK TIMES. 88 pages. Wood engravings drawn from the basepaths by Frank C. Eckmair. Letterpress soft: $17. ISBN: 0-9013559-54-7.
A DOUBLE PLAY OF UNDERGROUND BASEBALL NOVELLAS, including "A Baseball Classic" by Merritt Clifton and "Praying for Rain" by John Sandman. Linking baseball and literary sensibility, this book places two hard-hitting novellas on the same ballfield, as the characters take their swings at the curve balls served up by their lives on and off the field. "Aficionados of baseball fiction will find these novellas worth their time..."--NINE MAGAZINE. 200 pages. Letterpress soft- cover edition. $20.00. Hard limited ed: $50. ISBN: 0-913559-35-0.
GOING INTO EXTRA INNINGS: THE LONG BASEBALL STORY, edited by Peter Rutkoff, Director, American Studies, Kenyon College. Three ardent fans, who happen to be first-rate storytellers, stand up at home plate in their own unique writing stances and swing away with fresh insights into the Great American Game of Baseball. Printed from metal type on 70 lb. Mohawk Vellum, this letterpress edition features these fine hardball stories: "The Manager" by Frank O'Rourke, "Marshall's Spring" by Phillip Casteel and "Dream Team" by William J. McGill. Wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Softcover edition: $20.00 + shipping. ISBN: 0-913559-91-1.
BLUE EDEN, stories by Luke Salisbury.Three stories bring together J. Edgar Hoover's favorite diner and Ty Cobb's favorite gun, with the Kennedy assassination sandwiched in between. Baseball, bigotry, and a murder mystery through the imagination of a natural storyteller. "Salisbury serves up a three-course meal of stories worth savoring, capturing life in a working man's diner that happens to have customers such as Hoover and Cobb. Attention to detail is so great you can practically smell the pork chops as they come off the grill..."-- Richard J.S. Gutman, author, American Diner. Published by The Smith, available through Birch Brook Press's website. 160 pages. Offset hardcover: $18. ISBN: 1-882986-15-6. Offset paperback: $10. ISBN: 1-882986-16-4.
SPITBALL: THE LITERARY BASEBALL MAGAZINE. SPITBALL is a semi-annual journal (May, November) which offers poetry, short stories, personal essays, art work and book reviews -- all about the game and personalities of baseball. Its Spring 2007 issue offers pieces such as "Brushes with Baseball: Murray Tinkelman" by Bill McGill and "The Memory Game: Baseball's in the Air" by Ron McFarland. Artworks feature Mickey Mantle, Catfish Hunter, Joe Dimaggio, with Detroit Tigers' slugger #7 on its glossy cover. Subscription rates: $12. per year/U.S., $16 U.S. dollars/foreign addresses. Sample copies: $6. SPITBALLwelcomes submissions in all categories. SPITBALL can be reached at PO Box 333, Annville PA 17003. _____________________________________________________________
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THE SOUND OF BASEBALL, produced and hosted by Joe Harnett, is dedicated to the idea that "baseball is chess . . . at 90 miles an hour". The program, which is expected to air in various radio markets around America, was produced in cooperation with The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Weekly shows will include such choice memories as Hall of Fame Induction Speeches, broadcast calls of game-breaking home runs, historic pitching performances, plus readings by authors of short stories and poetry on the Grand Old Game. For more information on The Sound of Baseball, check out: www.theoldballgame.net, or toss an email to: email@example.com to learn how you can download these exciting broadcasts. _________________________________________________________________
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