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Posted on: August 19, 2015

A Night With Author Philip Beard

About Swing: John Kostka is three feet tall but larger than life, moving through the world on gloved hands and powerful arms as if on a set of parallel bars. Henry Graham is a ten year-old boy whose father has just left home for good. When the two meet at a downtown bus stop, all they seem to have in common is their love of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. But that is enough to begin a life-long friendship that, eventually, enables both men to confront old enemies and heal old wounds. Philip Beard's third and most accomplished novel swings between two narratives the way John Kostka swings through life. The result is a multifaceted meditation on childhood heroes, the beauty of baseball and the power of love to heal a family in crisis.

Philip Beard is the award-winning author Dear Zoe, which was a Borders “Original Voices” Selection, a “Book Sense” Pick, and was named by the American Library Association as one of its “Ten Best First Novels of 2005.” Dear Zoe is currently in development as a feature film. His third novel, Swing, uses the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates as the backdrop of a story about an unlikely friendship between a legless veteran and a 10 year-old boy. The result is a multifaceted meditation on childhood heroes, the beauty of baseball, and the power of love to heal a family in crisisRead on...

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