This Sunday, RiverVision Press will be attending the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame induction at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, in Portland. We will have copies of Jim Baumer’s award-winning book When Towns Had Teams for sale. RiverVision will be offering the book at a discounted, hall of fame price of $15.00. Three dollars of every sale will be donated to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame’s scholarship fund.
Baumer’s book, which was released in 2005 and won an IPPY award in 2006, has become the quintessential book on Maine baseball. This year’s inductees include Baumer’s uncle, Bob Baumer, who figures prominently in the book’s chapter on baseball in his hometown of Lisbon Falls.
If you enjoy history, particularly the history of baseball in Maine, especially the vintage years of Maine semi-pro and town team baseball after World War II, Baumer’s book will be a valuable addition to your library.
Pick up a copy now, while copies are still available.
I recently put up a post at my blog, Digital Doorway, about a new book due out on town team baseball, by another Maine author.
John Hodgkins is coming out with a book that should be of interest to those of you that bought When Towns Had Teams. I’ve read the manuscript and John’s narrative captures small town life in Maine in the 1940s and 1950s and the unique baseball that was central to many Maine communities.
Be on the lookout for the book, which I hope will be out in time for the holidays.
So why a book about Moxie? Because there aren’t that many books that accurately capture that special mystique surrounding Moxie that’s why.
Other than Frank Potter’s books on Moxie, and Q. David Bowers’ encyclopedic work about the soft drink that once outsold Coca-Cola, there is nothing in print that explains the popularity of Moxie, and why Lisbon Falls is now the hub of the Moxie universe.
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Things have been quiet on the RiverVision Press front for awhile. That seems to be the nature of small, or better, micro press publishing—at least our take on it. We’re either operating on screech, or between projects, when things slow down to a more manageable pace.
You’ll notice that the site has a new look. The old design was in need of a makeover, so once more, I’ve enlisted the services of old friend Jonathan Braden, now working his magic from the Lone Star State. We’re pleased to have his design work with Electric Leaf at our disposal. Another exciting news item is the decision to do a second printing of Moxietown. Our original limited press run back in 2008 is totally sold out (and has been for some time). Given the demand for copies, and in light of the upcoming Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls, in July, RiverVision Press is pleased to make available Jim Baumer’s truly unique offering on Moxie and the people that love it.
Don’t be left out in the cold like others were the last time. While books won’t be available until the end of June, if you’d like to be sure to score a copy of your very own, I’d suggest pre-ordering the book after June 12 via the website. We’ll be allowing customers to place orders and books should be available for shipment the first of July.
Not only that but Baumer is busy working on some longer narratives—mainly essays, and we hope that we’ll be able to have an announcement about a new book later in the year.
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