Literary Nonfiction. Essays. A collection of essays for ardent seamheads and casual baseball fans alike, THE UTILITY OF BOREDOM is a book about finding respite and comfort in the order, traditions, and rituals of baseball. From learning about America through ball-diamond visits to the most famous triple play that never happened on Canadian soil, Forbes invites us to witness the adult conversing with the O-Pee-Chee baseball cards of his youth. Tender, insightful, and with the slow heartbreak familiar to anyone who's cheered on a losing team, THE UTILITY OF BOREDOM tells us a thing or two about the sport, and how a seemingly trivial game might help us make sense of our messy lives.
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Andrew Forbes's first book, the story collection WHAT YOU NEED, was a runner-up for the 2016 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Prize. His second book, THE UTILITY OF BOREDOM: BASEBALL ESSAYS, is currently in its fourth printing. LANDS AND FORESTS (Invisible Publishing, 2019) is his latest collection. Born in Ottawa, he spent much of his childhood in Atlantic Canada, lived in Oxford Mills, Ontario, and currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife and three children.Author City: PETERBOROUGH CAN