Panel Discussion and Book Signing: “Making It Personal: Baseball as Creative Inspiration,” April 20, 2016, Arcadia, CA

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Cay Mortenson Auditorium, Arcadia Public Library

Address: 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California

Information: (626) 791-7647

Jeff Polman

The Baseball Reliquary presents “Making It Personal: Baseball as Creative Inspiration,” a panel discussion exploring the many ways in which artists and writers creatively express their passion for baseball, on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cay Mortenson Auditorium, Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California.  The panel discussion is presented in conjunction with the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, “Making It Personal: The Baseball Art of Greg Jezewski and Pat Riot,” which is on view from April 1-May 30 at the Arcadia Public Library.

Panelists will include artists Greg Jezewski and Pat Riot, and writer Jeff Polman, whose unique historical baseball novels dive deeply into his Strat-O-Matic game replays and incorporate characters and plots wrapped around the action on the field.  His latest novel, Twinbill, explores themes of racial tolerance and intolerance through two stories: “Dear Hank,” which looks at the 1938 season, told through pen pal letters between Hank Greenberg — in the midst of trying to break Babe Ruth’s home run mark — and a ten-year-old baseball fan living in Austria on the eve of the Nazi takeover; and “The Bragging Rights League,” where, in a racially reversed 1941, a team of all-star white players has to “prove they belong” in the black major leagues, with the winner to receive a special prize from President Langston Hughes.

A book signing will follow the discussion, featuring titles by Jeff Polman and Pat Riot.


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