Take a sporting chance on a different event and join Katya Cengel and John Billheimer (and us!) at Players Sports Bar, located across the parking lot in the McGrath shopping center from the bookstore. We will meet for a factual and fictional discussion of America’s pastime, baseball, and maybe a drink or two!
The jacket blurb for Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League
Life notes: “If you don’t know what cat food and cave shrimp have in
common with Kentucky baseball, join Katya on her enlightening and
entertaining odyssey with the state’s professional teams.” Katya
attended college at UCSD and interned at the San Diego Union-Tribune
and has written for multiple magazines and reported from Africa, Haiti,
India, the former Soviet Union and the Midwest.
Appearing with Katya will be John Billheimer, author of Field of Schemes.
John is familiar to mystery fans for his Owen Allison mysteries and to baseball fans for his non-fiction work, Baseball and the Blame Game. John’s two passions come together in his new mystery, Field of Schemes. A sportswriter turns amateur sleuth to help a trainer for a triple-A baseball team falsely accused of providing drugs to a player. You can also see John at Men of Mystery in Irvine on November 17, 2012.
DescriptionForget the steroid-addled, overpaid, and unmotivated players: America’s pastime is still alive and well, and is still the heartfelt sport it’s always been—in the Minor Leagues. And nowhere is this truer than in Kentucky, whose rich baseball history continues to play out in the four teams profiled in this book. Following these teams through their 2010 season—the triumphs, struggles, and Big League hopes and dreams—the book tells the larger story of baseball in America’s smaller venues, where the game in its purest form is still valued and warmly embraced.
About the Author
Katya Cengel is a freelance writer based in Richmond, California. A staff reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal for eight years, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Africa and has published in Esquire and the Wall Street Journal.