Until the End of the Ninth

Beth Mary Bollinger

2007 Book Tour

I just finished a book tour between Spokane, where I live, and St. Louis, where there was a baseball researchers’ conference.  So I figure: a mini-blog for a mini-tour.  Here goes.

As background: The novel I’ve written is called “Until The End Of The Ninth,” and is based on the true story of the 1946 Spokane Indians’ minor league baseball team that died in a bus crash midway through the season.  Nine of the 16 men on the bus died.  It was a horrible event, long-forgotten, even in Spokane, where the team played and where only some people remember.  Maybe there was silence about the tragedy because it was right after World War II and there had been too much death already.  When I found out about the crash in 2003, I was struck by this silence, and by the greatness of these ordinary men, who so often won in the ninth.  I couldn’t stand it that they died, so I wrote a novel based on my research but also based on my bias that their spirits could live on in a field-of-dreams sort of way.  I wrote it because I couldn’t not write it.  And here we are.

THE BOOK TOUR

MONDAY, JULY 23: WYOMING

TUESDAY, JULY 24: CHEYENNE, WY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: COLORADIO ROCKIES STADIUM

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 26-28: ST. LOUIS, MO

SUNDAY, JULY 29: FIELD OF DREAMS, IOWA

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, JULY 30-AUGUST 1: CHICAGO

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2: DULUTH, MN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3: EAU CLAIRE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4: MINNEAPOLIS