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I’m Robin Van Auken, and I’m a professional writer, researcher and educator, specializing in communication projects.
I’ve been a writer for 35+ years as a writer, working as a journalist and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in Florida and Pennsylvania. I’m also the author and co-author of regional history books, including “Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball,” and several novels.
I’m thrilled to announce that “Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball” is now in its 2nd edition, and we’re working with an amazing new publisher, Wendy Butler Dean of The Omnibus Publishing. The book has been updated through the 2017 Little League Baseball World Series, and is current with 2018. Enjoy!
Play Ball! is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it’s a wonderful reminder of what might have been.
Do you know that George W. was a Little Leaguer? More to the point, humorist Dave Barry is also a graduate of Little League, and he writes an amusing introduction to a solid book about this American institution. Little League has now been around for more than half a century, and this new history fills a gap in library collections that often focus solely on major league baseball history. This well-illustrated, popularly written account should be on the shelves of every library that serves a community with a Little League team.
It is a story of devoted parents and dedicated leaders who chose this unusual way to teach children some of the most important lessons of life, lessons in loyalty, devotion, skill, teamwork, competition, losing, winning and persistence. Since baseball requires only short bursts of energy rather than endurance, it is well suited for younger children. It is an inspiring story.
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Let’s Talk Books: A Podcast for Writers, by Writers
Let’s Talk Books is the official podcast of Robin Van Auken, the Wholehearted Author. It’s my mission to learn new things and share what works, especially in the publishing industry. I’m talking to interesting people about topics such as inspiration, motivation, creating, publication and promotion. My guests have wonderful success stories to share, as well as stories of how they’ve struggled with their writing. Are you listening? Let’s talk books.