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My latest novel: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME

You may have seen the new widget in the sidebar, but I’ve been so busy promoting the book elsewhere that I completely forgot about actually talking about it here.sm_awnb_cover

Some of you know that I started writing about baseball back in 2006. I started the blog on Blogger, for heaven’s sake, because it was something I was doing so that I didn’t have to send out mass emails to people. I didn’t know that I’d love doing it and I didn’t know that I’d build an audience. I didn’t know that I’d do it pretty much nonstop for 6 years, that I’d be one of the few women blogging about the Mets, and still the only one officially recognized by the team. I didn’t know I’d end up sitting in the press box and reporting on games. It’s still kind of surreal for someone who didn’t get to grow up with baseball and who spent most of her life really not knowing anything about it.

A few years ago, an editor who had been following my blog over the years contacted me to suggest that I write some kind of baseball-ish memoir. I wasn’t interested in writing memoir but I was interested in writing about why I loved baseball and how I got drawn into it. I started a short story and 12,000 words later realized that it was clearly headed somewhere else.

It’s a story about baseball but it’s also about growing up and driving around and falling in love and taking chances and having your heart broken. One of the things I am most proud of my baseball writing is how people who normally didn’t read a lot of sportswriting were drawn to it for the same reasons people like my music writing; it made them feel like they were there. I tried to bring all of that into this book. You don’t have to know anything about baseball to enjoy it and you might end up being a little bit curious.

For Mets fans, it will take you back into the 2006 and 2007 post-seasons, and I hope I did us proud.

Links to purchase are in the sidebar, and there’s a book launch party next month at WORD in Brooklyn, called “You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl.” (Watch this space, etc.)

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WNYC’s Soundcheck

Thanks to WNYC for inviting me on to discuss High Hopes! Click to listen on their site.

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Celebrate “High Hopes” at Springsteen Night 2014 at WORD Jersey City, January 14

Marc Dolan and I are at it again on Tuesday, January 14, at WORD’s new store in Jersey City. We’ll be joined this time by Kimberly Austin of Rock Book Show, who will be our charming moderator. She is a great interviewer and this will definitely take things up a notch.

There will be a raffle with prizes courtesy of our sponsor, Backstreets Magazine, including a copy of the new issue!

So if you’re moping that you didn’t get a spot on the Band Bench at Jimmy Fallon or if you couldn’t make it, come see us!

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Review: Neil Young at Carnegie Hall

Another Billboard piece up today. Will also have something in the magazine this week (but only 150 words, don’t get too excited).

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Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes”: Track-by-Track Review

I wrote a track-by-track review of the new Springsteen album for Billboard.com.

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New Springsteen Album News

I wrote an in-depth look at the new Springsteen album announcement for Billboard.

To quote Backstreets, “They couldn’t go back to Australia without a new album, right? Right.”

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40 Years of Quadrophenia

I wrote a track-by-track breakdown of Quadrophenia on Billboard.com for its 40th anniversary this month.

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Welcome back, Paul & Tommy

Replacements at Maxwells circa 84?  Photos by me. I really gotta buy a negative scanner.

It’s your band; you wrote the songs; you get to decide what to call it. We get to decide if we want to show up or not.

In celebration of this auspicious event, I present the very ‘Mats-centric chapter of my first novel, over at Scribd.

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Springsteen Night at WORD in Brooklyn

Tonight at WORD in Brooklyn, Marc Dolan and I take our Twitter debate to real life. There will be readings and discussions and video and trivia (with prizes courtesy Backstreets Magazine) and cold beer at a reasonable price (courtesy Sixpoint).

The Daily News, Time Out, Brooklyn Paper, Flavorpill and Brooklyn Based are all fans of the event.

C’mon down! It’s a short walk from the G train and parking is actually manageable in the neighborhood. Facebook RSVP is encouraged but not required.

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Rock Book Show Interview for “Raise Your Hand”!

Thanks to Kimberly Austin for inviting me on the show again. If you like music books and don’t follow Rock Book Show, you’re missing out!

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