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Local Book Notes: Shooting, Bullying & Spitballing

Over the transom.

1. American Shooter.

"Arlington Heights author Gerry Souter will discuss his book American Shooter: A Personal History of Gun Culture in the United States, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in a Society of Midland Authors program at the Harold Washington Library Center.

"In the book, Souter takes a personal look at gun ownership, handgun bans, shooting sports and the controversy over how to interpret the Second Amendment, writing from the point of view of a liberal gun owner and enthusiast.

"Souter and his wife, Janet, have authored or co-authored more than 40 nonfiction books on history, biography, art and other topics. Gerry Souter is a member of the Society of Midland Authors' board of directors.

"The free event begins at 6 p.m. sharp in the library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Seating is available first come, first served. Reservations are not required."

2. The Death of Books.

Included in this collection of trailers:

"Professor David Schneiderman, chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College in Illinois, predicts the death of books and encourages its demise. Recorded at the pop-up book fair at the Empty Bottle."

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3. Teen Bullying.

"Journalist and author Emily Bazelon explores the epidemic of teen bullying in her new book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

"In her book, Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate and a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama, examines bullying through the stories of three young people caught in the thick of it.

* Bazelon will discuss her book on Thursday at the Tribune Tower, 7 p.m. $15.

4. Spitballing.

From Joe Niese:

"I wanted to let you know that I have a book coming out this spring/early summer about Hall of Fame spitballer, Burleigh Grimes, aptly titled Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer.

"Though his time in a Cubs uniform was short (1932 through the end of July of '33), Grimes was involved in a few great moments, including clocking Rogers Hornsby in the clubhouse after he took him out of a game, as well as being a part of the bench jockeying crew that was involved in Babe Ruth's alleged called shot during the - Grimes called complete b.s. on it."

* See also: JoeNiese.com

5. Poetry As A Bridge Between Gay Teen And Her Mother.

6. Journalese.

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Posted on March 6, 2013


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