In Conversation: Sridhar Pappu and Bill Savage
We're elated to welcome New York Times "The Male Animal" columnist Sridhar Pappu on your for his new book THE YEAR OF THE PITCHER. In THE YEAR OF THE PITCHER, Sridhar Pappu chronicles the remarkable 1968 baseball season, which culminated in one of the greatest World Series contests ever, with the Detroit Tigers coming back from a 3–1 deficit to beat the Cardinals in Game Seven of the World Series.
Pappu will be joined in conversation with baseball historian and enthusiast, Bill Savage.
Sridhar Pappu is "The Male Animal" columnist for the New York Times. He bagan his award-winning career as a feature writers for the Chicago Reader and has served as a columnist at the New York Observer, a correspondent for the Atlantic, as as a staff writer at the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Brookly, NY.
Bill Savage (Ph.D. Northwestern) teaches and conducts research in several areas: from hermeneutics, to baseball in literature. He specializes in Chicago writers, especially Nelson Algren; and narratology. Savage co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Chicago: City on the Make, and has written several essays about Algren for both mainstream and scholarly publications. He is a Series Editor for Chicago Visions + Revisions, a series of nonfiction books about Chicago from the University of Chicago Press. He also co-edited and annotated, with Paul Durica, Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America (forthcoming, NU Press, 2013), a guide to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. A Chicago native, he lives in Rogers Park.
Praise for Pappu's book:
“Here’s the rare baseball book that succeeds as first-rate sports-writing and dramatic history. Sridhar Pappu tells the story of Bob Gibson and Denny McLain brilliantly, with prodigious reporting and beautiful writing.” —Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
"I covered Gibson and McClain in the 1968 World Series, but I never grasped what it all meant to the nation and its pastime until I read Pappu's rich, insightful, lively book." —Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter
"Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, a transformative season, a fabulous World Series, and a nation undergoing its own radical change - they've all found their perfect chronicler in Sridhar Pappu. His book is both a pleasure and a revelation."—Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition