Please join us on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00PM as we welcome local author Philip Beard for a book talk and signing! Phil will be discussing his new novel, Swing!
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 of Dear Zoe, which was a Book Sense Pick, a Borders “Original Voices” selection, and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of its Ten Best First Novels of the Year. It is now in development as a feature film. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and three daughters.