I am a freelance writer of more than 65 non-fiction books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects from ice cream to baseball to slang to jokes to Sputnik and the Bonus Army.
I hope you’ll explore my site to learn more about my work. I’ll update it as necessary, time permitting – which it hasn’t for quite awhile.
Here’s the news since my last update:
First, a little bragging -- I’m delighted to announce that I was awarded the Tony Salin Award from the Baseball Reliquary in 2011. It’s given to honor the recipient’s role in preserving baseball history.
I’m also thrilled to announce that my first biography, Bill Veeck--Baseball's Greatest Maverick, published in 2012, received three awards: the Jerome Holtzman Award from the Chicago Baseball Museum, the Reader’s Choice Award for the best baseball book of 2012 from the Special Libraries Association and the Casey Award from Spitball magazine, also for the best baseball book of 2012. And for some icing on the cake, I am a 2012 recipient of the Henry Chadwick Award which was established in November 2009 by the Society of American Baseball Researchers (SABR) to honor baseball's the chosen researchers “for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.” Baseball has certainly been very, very good to me.
However, more recently, I’ve gone back to one of my other favorite topics -- the English language. My most recent book is Words from the White House—Words and Phrases Popularized by America’s Presidents, published in January of 2013. It got me on the Morning Joe show and NPR’s Weekend Edition among others.
I followed up with Authorisms—Words Wrought by Writers. It will be published on April 23, 2014 in honor of that day in 1564 marking the sesquiquadricentennial or 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, now and forever, the greatest neologist of the English language.
Now that Authorisms is written, I’m at work on a major new lexical adventure, The Dickson Golf Dictionary. I will attempt to approach golf with the same vigor and comprehensiveness which I brought to The Dickson Baseball Dictionary which has now been published in three successive editions—1987, 1997 and 2007—each building on the other.
I live in Garrett Park, Maryland with my wife Nancy who works with me.
For a list of all the books I've written, many of which are still available in bookstores, click on "All My Books." Though a lot of the older ones are now out of print, I have extra copies of many of them and would be happy to sell them directly--autographed if you wish. Simply e-mail me for a list of available titles and prices.
Check out the "Events" section for information about other upcoming opportunities to "meet the author" at a book signing or speaking engagement.
My literary agent is Deborah C. Grosvenor of the Grosvenor Literary Agency in Bethesda, MD firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have comments or questions please e-mail me and I'll reply as soon as I can.
American History: narrative non-fiction
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