Nicholas Dawidoff has pretty much done it all when it comes to non-fiction writing: memoir, biography, anthology. And done it all well. The Flyswatter, a sentimental recollection of his grandfather, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. His first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, is considered the definitive biography of one of baseball’s most intriguing characters (it’s also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year). Dawidoff followed that up by editing Baseball: A Literary Anthology, which I consider one of the best of its kind. Both of these are included in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die.
So when I heard that Dawidoff was going to be the featured speaker at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse this Wednesday ( Sept. 10), I knew it was time for another Bookshelf Conversation.