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Knocking it out of Memorial Park with Stacey May Fowles and Mark Kingwell

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1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

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In the greatest double header of the season, Mark Kingwell and Stacey May Fowles knock the cover off the ball in the Wordfest Lab at Memorial Park Library. Both heavy hitters present new books that toss a curveball into our attitudes about baseball, both on and off the field, revealing how the game gives us insight into how we could all live better lives. A guaranteed homerun this summer, this event is perfect for anyone looking for a fresh take on why sports matter, and how they change our vision of the world. Hosted by Chris Turner.

About Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters by Mark Kingwell

Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure—a very successful batter manages a base hit in only three of every ten at-bats—Mark Kingwell argues that there is no better tutor of human failure’s enduring significance than this strange, crooked game of base.

Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing and humor, Fail Better is an intellectual love letter to baseball by one of North America’s most engaging philosophers. Kingwell illustrates complex concepts like theoretically infinite game-space, “time out of time,” and the rules of civility with accessible examples like foul lines, game-clocks, and good sportsmanship. Beyond a “Beckett meets baseball” study in failure, Kingwell's new book is never pretentious, always entertaining and is set to be the homerun non-fiction title of the spring.

About Mark Kingwell

After some years of graduate education in Britain and the United States, Mark Kingwell found he had inadvertently perfected a form of idling for which he could get paid. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, and has written for publications ranging from Adbusters and the New York Times to the Journal of Philosophy and Auto Racing Digest. Among his twelve previous books of political and cultural theory are the national best-sellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000) and Concrete Reveries. In order to secure financing for their continued indulgence he has also written about his various hobbies, including fishing, baseball, cocktails and contemporary art.

About Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me by Stacey May Fowles

What is it about a man hitting a small white ball with a slim wooden bat out of a park that’s so beautiful? In this entertaining and thoughtful book, 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 offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 and 2016 seasons. With remarkable humanity, 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.

About Stacey May Fowles

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.

Host Chris Turner

About Chris Turner

Chris Turner is the author of five books and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on energy and sustainability. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists. His most recent book is How to Breathe Underwater, a collection of his award-winning essays and feature writing, which won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. He has also published an essay about the 2015 Blue Jays playoff run in Best Canadian Sports Writing, an anthology coming out this fall (and co-edited by Stacey May).

Turner was a 2013 Berton House writer-in-residence in Dawson City, Yukon, and a 2010 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children. His book The Patch, the story of Alberta's oilsands, will be published in Canada and internationally by Simon & Schuster in September.

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