He Must Have One Persuasive Publicist

bender-jacket.jpgBias alert. Don’t read this post thinking I am offering an objective announcement. Tom Swift, a Northfield-based writer and the River City Books employee I go to when I want a book that will allow me to really find myself, has a new book out of his own that, well, maybe you’ve head about. Not surprisingly, he’s booked an event at the old neighborhood bookstore.

Here are the details: Swift will read from and sign copies of Chief Bender’s Burden, at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at River City Books, 306 Division Street. The book is and will be on sale for 20 percent off through the event.

“Chief Bender’s Burden,” published by the University of Nebraska Press, is the story of Charles Albert Bender, Minnesota’s first representative in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the greatest American Indian baseball player of all time. Swift is a St. Olaf College graduate and a longtime resident of Northfield.

Says Library Journal in a starred review: “Signal thanks to journalist Swift for this authoritative biography of Charles Albert Bender. … Swift sets aside the myths about this most famous American Indian player while vividly describing him. … [This book] is for all interested in the First Nations, quite apart from baseball.”

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