Go to Talking Writing to read my essay on the implications of Chad Harbach's novel, The Art of Fielding -- both to Harbach himself and to the literary world of 2012 (and beyond). If you're missing baseball or you feel like you need to be up on the latest craze in the American literary world, this book is an interesting experience. Unlike the hype-mongers out there I can't say it's a full-scale winner, but I do recommend reading The Art of Fielding to see what the buzz is all about.
Of course, after reading my essay, if you really want a superb baseball read, check out Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella who just received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award.
Find a list of Kinsella's baseball ouvre here. Also, a list of the best baseball novels here.
Spring training is right around the corner. See you out there!
Happy reading in the mean time.