2nd Sunday Local Author--Thomas Cochran
Please join us on Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm for our 2nd Sunday Author series. We will be showcasing author Thomas Cochran, who will be discussing his newest youth novel - Uncle Drew and the Bat Dodger.
This is a story about the relationship between a nine-year-old boy named Teddy Caldwell and his elderly neighbor Uncle Drew Weems. After Teddy accidentally breaks Uncle Drew’s window with a baseball, Uncle Drew shares a story about an African-American Depression-era ballplayer named Bopeep Shines. Uncle Drew tells Teddy about the racial turmoil and struggles his friend Bopeep faced trying to establish and prove himself as a top-rated athlete. Since no official records exist for Bopeep Shines, his legacy rests in the realm of baseball mythology. Uncle Drew, with Teddy’s help, set out to restore Bopeep to his rightful place as one of the greatest pitchers who ever lived. In the process, Teddy learns to evaluate his place in the world and develop his own moral code.
Thomas Cochran was raised in Haynesville, Louisiana, which serves as the model for Oil Camp, the setting for his fiction.
He is the author of three novels for young readers. His first novel, Roughnecks, was a Young People's National Book Award nominee. School Library Journal called Roughnecks "...the best novel ever written about high school football." Cochran's other titles include Running the Dogs and Uncle Drew and the Bat Dodger. Cochran has also contributed non-fiction and poetry to many print and online publications, including The Oxford American, Gray's Sporting Journal, and Rattle.
A retired schoolteacher, Thomas Cochran currently lives with his wife on some acres in rural Northwest Arkansas.
Books will be available for sale and signing after his presentation.