The popular Larkin Square Author Series will be part of a doubleheader today, with the patrons for Food Truck Tuesday able to enjoy a conversation between authors Mick Cochrane and Michael Joyce on the links between writing and sports.

Both Cochrane, an English professor at Canisius College and director of the Creative Writing Program, and Joyce, a Buffalo native and Vassar College English professor, have written novels that include baseball themes.

The two baseball-related novels written by Cochrane are “Sport,” about a boy with a passion for baseball who struggles to fit in, and “The Girl Who Threw Butterflies,” a young adult novel about a 13-year-old girl who copes with her father’s death by learning baseball’s most difficult pitch, the knuckleball.

The main character of Joyce’s novel “Going the Distance,” is a washed-up baseball player.

The two will begin the program by discussing writing and baseball, often described as the most literary of sports, then open the floor to audience questions or comments.

Joyce will read an excerpt from “Going the Distance,” which was published this year.

The author talk will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; food trucks will be serving from 5 to 8 p.m. The Filling Station will also offer drinks and light fare. Both Cochrane and Joyce will sign copies of their books, which will be sold by Talking Leaves. Admission is free.

With major league baseball playoffs in full swing, “October is a great time to talk about our national pastime, and having this gathering inside The Filling Station with our popular Food Truck Tuesdays happening outside will make this a uniquely wonderful night in Larkinville,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky.


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