America’s Best Baseball Writing
A discussion with writers Joe Bonomo and Rick Telander.
As people across the United States, and the world, wait patiently for the re-start of our nation’s summer pastime, two of the country’s preeminent sportswriters talk about what it is that makes the game such a compelling subject for America’s writers, past and present. This program will be hosted live via Zoom, register for the free program here.
If you are missing baseball as much as we are, check out this selection of baseball writing on the AWM Blog.
- Roger Angell: Baseball Writing for the Ages — Joe Bonomo reflects on the incomparable Roger Angell, “the greatest living baseball writer,” who has written about the game since 1962.
- Baseball Books to Get You Through MLB’s Postponement — a list of books about baseball to have on deck, as recommended by AWM staffer and avid baseball fan Courtney.
- From Bullpens to Ink Pens: Baseball Players Who Write— Rolling Stone contributor Dan Epstein lists some of his favorite ballplayers-turned-writers and their books.
JOE BONOMO is the author of No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life In Baseball Writing, Field Recordings from The Inside (essays), This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began (essays), AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (33 1/3 Series), Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, Installations (National Poetry Series), Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band, and Conversations With Greil Marcus. A five-time “Notable Essays” selection at Best American Essays, he’s the Music Columnist at The Normal School and Professor of English at Northern Illinois University.
RICK TELANDER is the senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the author of eight books, including Heaven is a Playground and From Red Ink to Red Roses. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine, among others. Telander has won Illinois sportswriter of the year eight times, been featured in The Best American Sports Writing seven times, and been nominated for three Pulitzer Prizes.