Tucson Festival of Books

Our National Pastime


These three distinguished writers have come to the festival with books that remind us why baseball is known as The Grand Old Game. Legendary players, remarkable histories and even a romantic movie or two have helped make baseball our national pastime.


Panelists
Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant is the award-winning author of nine books, including "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball" and most recently "Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original....

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Tyler Kepner

Tyler Kepner is the author of the New York Times bestseller "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches." His most recent book is "The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series." He has covered every World Series game of the last two decades for The New York Times....

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Ron Shelton

Ron Shelton is a UA alumnus, film director and screenwriter who is known for the many films he has made about sports. His 1988 film "Bull Durham" earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay....


Books:
Rickey
The Life and Legend of an American Original
Howard Bryant
Sports
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 2022
ISBN 9780358047315
448 pages
$28.99
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The Grandest Stage
A History of the World Series
Tyler Kepner
Sports
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
October 2022
ISBN 9780385546256
336 pages
$30.00
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The Church of Baseball
The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit
Ron Shelton
Sports
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
January 2022
ISBN 9780593319772
256 pages
$30.00
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