I’m still here

August 31, 2017

Working my new job has thrown my life into a degree of unpredictability, with its seven-day-a-week schedule and hours that can begin as early as 4 a.m. and end after midnight. Sadly, this has taken a toll on my reading and blogging time, both here and on my other two sites, Kaplan’s Korner on Jews and Sports and The Worried Journalist.

But I have had the odd moment of respite. I was a recent guest at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Summer Author Series, closing out their event with a discussion on Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Many thanks to Bruce Markusen, who served as interviewer and host.

It was great returning to Cooperstown with my wife, Faith, sitting on the veranda at the Otesaga Hotel (who knows; maybe Hank parked his tuchas in my rocking chair during an Induction Weekend); having drinks with Mayor (and fellow baseball author) Jeff Katz (Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball); and just tooling around in general.

My next appearance will be at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls on Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of a day-long program for veterans. Always happy to pay tribute to those people.

Then there’s a return to the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival in November for their Sports Night Program. I was there in 2013 following the publication of 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die and the organizers really do a top notch job. My only regret is that it’s not held during baseball season so I could take in a Cardinals game.

I hope to return to form, posting more often and offering more of the news, reviews, previews, and interviews (The Bookshelf Conversation podcast) you’ve all come to rely upon (ha) after Labor Day, so start spreading the news.


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