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Baseball Life Advice
Loving the Game That Saved Me
By (author): Stacey May Fowles
9780771038716 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports Apr 11, 2017
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.35 x 8 x 0.77 in 304 pages McClelland & Stewart
Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch go to the ballpark in this personal ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both reminds us why it really matters and how it can help us live better lives. From the Globe and Mail columnist and author of the Baseball Life Advice newsletter.

Stacey May Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on subjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players’ injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark. Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and calls out the “boys will be boys” attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also shares her reverence for the no-hitter, her memories of going to the ballpark with her dad, and the challenges of falling in love with someone who didn’t like baseball. Throughout the book, she offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays 2015 and 2016 seasons, and gathers a selection of inspiring “baseball life advice” quotes from players and others that provide unexpected insight into how we could all live better lives.

With remarkable verve, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm for the game, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. A must-read for both diehard and casual fans.

Story Locale: Toronto; Dunedin, Florida; New York.



A FAN’S EYE VIEW OF THE GAME: Whether you’re a seasoned baseball fan or a complete newbie, author writes about the game from a fresh and unique fan perspective that will make you an avid follower.

A MEDIA DARLING: Her baseball pieces alone have already earned her invitations to speak on CBC’s Radio Q, Tapestry, The Current, Metro Morning, DNTO, Sportsnet, TSN, CIUT, Indie88, and Jazz FM. She has big supporters at SportsNet, Metro Morning, and Q, where she has been an occasional guest on Q’s Sports Panel.

STRONG FOLLOWING: Her weekly e-newsletter “Baseball Life Advice” has an audience of 2,000. She is also very active on Twitter, with almost 10,000 followers.

STACEY MAY FOWLES is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist. She is a columnist at the Globe and Mail, Open Book Toronto, and Blue Jays Nation, and author of the popular Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter. She has written about sports for Globe Debate, The Walrus, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports. She is a frequent guest on Metro Morning and a member of q’s sports panel. She lives in Toronto, where she is writing a memoir to be published by McClelland & Stewart.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Marketing: Digital promotion

Publicity: National media from Toronto

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Advance Praise:

“[Stacey May Fowles] left me spellbound. These essays take the reader on a rich journey. She writes with such passion, and challenges us to look beyond the stat sheet in order to drink deeply from a game that is so much more than the players who play it.”—R.A. Dickey, from his Foreword

“This is beautiful. Fowles has used her own experiences at the ballpark to reveal what each and every fan has felt but didn’t know why. She captures what we all love about the game.”—Buck Martinez, author of Change Up and the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays

“Fowles’s writing about her love of the game and the role of baseball in her life is honest, funny, touching, detailed, and charming. You do not need to be a sports fan or a baseball fan to enjoy this book; it is for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing, who has struggled to find their place in this world, or who has loved anything more than they can explain.”—Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct

“Stacey May Fowles has brought her unique, heartfelt, and smart voice to the public conversation about baseball. In doing so, she has made her mark on the sport. Her inspiration helps others feel more welcome and safe in joining a dialogue about baseball that has been exclusive and one-dimensional for far too long. I have learned much from her.”—John Lott, The Athletic

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