Lucas Mann Reading at the Writers House
Ever dream of making it in the big leagues? In his new book, Lucas Mann details a year spent in hardscrabble dugouts, bars, and buses with players from the Lumber-Kings, an Iowa-based, Class A baseball team in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system.
On Friday, November 15th at Merrimack’s Writers House, Mann read from Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere. The reading, free and open to the public, was widely attended by students, faculty and Merrimack community members. The reading ended with a lively discussion about Mann’s book and the minor league farm system.
Mann earned his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was also the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. His essays and stories have appeared in Barrelhouse, New South, Wigleaf, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and journalism at UMass-Dartmouth.
His first book has been called “lyrical, intellectual and personal” by The Boston Globe. NPR writes: “Lucas Mann’s Class A earns a position in a lineup that already includes Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural, The Boys of Summer, Moneyball and The Art of Fielding because, remarkably, it offers a fresh, unexpected angle on this well-trodden game.”
A new initiative at Merrimack College, the Writers House is dedicated to creative writing, reading, and thinking, with a host of offerings for students, faculty, alumni, and the community at large. It is located in the Academic Innovation Center, which is part of the Merrimack Athletic Complex expansion on Cullen Avenue.
For more information, see http://www.merrimack.edu/academics/the-writers-house/