California Author Releases Coming of Age Story About Family, Cancer, Baseball and Determination
California author, Ken White, is pleased to announce the promotion of his coming of age story, "Getaway Day." In an attempt to fulfill his father’s dying wish to play catch with baseball legend Mickey Mantle, a young boy from humble beginnings must go through a heart-wrenching rite of passage and ultimately emerge a man.
It's the 1962 World Series. New York Yankees versus San Francisco Giants. Tropical storm Freda has delayed the crucial sixth game in San Francisco. It's dry as a bone in Modesto, California, where the Yankees have a farm team and a field named after Yankee owner Del Webb. A flurry of phone calls leads to a bus ride to the Central Valley town of 30,000. On October 14th, 1962, a crowd of more than 5,000 fills the small minor league park. This once-in-a-lifetime event features eight future Hall of Famers. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle from the Yankees; Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry from the Giants.
One of the fans is thirteen-year-old Mikey Wright. Unlike the rest of the spectators, he's not there to see his idol and namesake, Mickey Mantle. He's there to convince the Commerce Comet to play catch with Mikey's father, who is dying of cancer.
"Getaway Day" chronicles Mikey's journey to save his father's life. And learn the meaning of his own.
"Getaway Day" will appeal to Baby Boomers, young adults, and anyone who loves baseball and remembers the joy and sorrow of adolescence.
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others is, and remains, immortal.
Getaway Day is available in softcover, hardcover and ebook format.
Author: Ken White
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Published: March 2014
Genre: Coming of Age
Saturday, October 18th, 10AM to 4PM
Great Valley Bookfest
The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley (AKA Bass Pro Center)
Saturday, October 25th, 2PM to 2:45PM
Book Signing To Follow
California Capital Book Festival
Festival Venue – Field of Sports
About The Author:
Born in Lathrop and raised in Modesto, California, Ken White continues to live in his home town. He received his A.A. degree at Modesto Junior College, his B.A. and teaching credential at UC Davis, and his M.A. at San Francisco State University. He has taught mass communications and film appreciation at Modesto Junior College. Ken recently retired from the worlds of advertising, corporate communications, and interactive entertainment to concentrate on writing and community service.
Ken White is married to Robin and has two adult step-sons, Tyler and Eric. He is the author of four novels, fourteen screenplays, two stage plays, a short story collection, and one sitcom pilot. Most of his stories are about his home town and the Central Valley heartland.
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