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For immediate release Thursday, April 20, 2017
 Media contact: Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            

Book signing and author talk for “Showdown at Rickwood” to be held May 2 at the Central Library
What: Author talk and book signing with Art Black, author of “Showdown at Rickwood”
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor
Details: Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Jim Reed, owner and proprietor of Reed Books, will offer introductory remarks. 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-The Central Library will host an author talk and book signing featuring the author of a new book about a classic baseball series that took place in 1931 at the historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham.

Art Black, author of “Showdown at Rickwood,” will speak and sign copies of his new book at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Linn-Henley Research Building’s 4th Floor Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place downtown.  The event is free and open to the public. Jim Reed, owner and proprietor of Reed Books in Birmingham, will give introductory remarks.

The program is part of the Birmingham Public Library’s Birmingham Bound author series, which recognizes authors who researched their books utilizing the resources available at BPL. Historians, journalists, and other writers from around the world have produced hundreds of books using the library’s collections and these books include five recipients of the Pulitzer Prize.

Before Major League Baseball came down south, the Dixie Series was the crowning event of the summer for Birmingham sports enthusiasts. Pitting the champions of the Southern Association and the Texas League, the series produced many memorable moments during its heyday from 1920 to 1958. For fans of the Birmingham Barons, however, the contest of 1931 was the most memorable of all.

The dramatic 1931 Dixie Series between the Birmingham Barons and the Houston Buffaloes serves as the backdrop of the newly published book “Showdown at Rickwood.” Written by Birmingham  author Art Black, the book focuses not only baseball culture in the Magic City, but explores as well the social and economic climate of the Birmingham district as it was evolving into a major industrial center during the early decades of the 20th century.

 Through World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the onset of the Great Depression, Birmingham and its citizens weathered the turbulence of national and international events. In the midst of this unrest, many found respite in the calming rhythms of the national pastime. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more information about the program, contact Jim Murray at 205-226-3691 or Read more about the program at the following link:

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