Author Lucas Mann (Vassar ’08) will read from his book, Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, on Monday, September 23 at 7 pm in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Class A was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers selection (2013). This event is sponsored by the Department of English and is free and open to the public.
Class A is Mann’s chronicle of the year he spent following a minor league baseball team, the Clinton LumberKings, in Iowa. The book covers not only the lives of the players, but also the dedicated fans, coaches and townspeople, capturing small-town life. Booklist called Class A, “an affecting and authentic portrait of the hard times of most minor leaguers set in a shrinking town with hard times of its own.” The Boston Globe offered, “what elevates Class A beyond being just an entertaining and poignant work of narrative nonfiction is the book’s most winning character—Mann himself. As a writer and observer, he is patient, sympathetic to a fault, optimistic in spite of himself, and, despite his gifts, impressively unassuming.”
Mann is an award-winning essayist whose work has appeared in Gawker, TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, Wigleaf, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He earned his MFA in literary nonfiction from the University of Iowa and currently teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts, Darmouth.
After the reading, Mann will be in conversation with Kiese Laymon, professor of English. The event will be followed by a book signing.
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