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Children’s Book Authors Read from Baseball Books at USM

Book cover, Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, by Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares will present their new children’s books about baseball at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18, in the USM Portland Bookstore.  Van Dusen’s book is titled “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” (2012), and Tavares’ is called “There Goes Ted Williams—The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” (2012).  Both books will be available for sale after the presentation.  This event is free and open to the public.

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of “The Circus Ship” (2009) and “Randy Riley’s Biggest Hit,” which is his second children’s book.  Van Dusen says he always loved robots when he was kid, and has wanted to write a book about robots for a while.  Although he admits his first tries weren’t successful, he believes combining robots with another passion, baseball, helped the story fall into place.  Van Dusen lives in Maine with his family.

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of many children’s books, including “Zachary’s Ball” (2002), “Oliver’s Game” (2009) and “Henry Aaron’s Dream” (2012).  The subject of his most recent book, Ted Williams, is best known as the legendary Red Sox slugger and World War II fighter pilot.  Tavares says he wanted to write “There Goes Ted Williams” because “the Ted Williams I grew up hearing about seemed larger than life.  He could do just about anything.”  Tavares lives and writes in Ogunquit.

For more information about this event, contact Barbara Kelly, USM Portland Bookstore, at 780-4072.

Book cover:

There Goes Ted Williams:  The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, by Matt Tavares