Rich Cohen Author Talk and Book Signing
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win,” he explained, “and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life.” As a result, Cohen became not just a Cubs fan but one of the biggest Cubs fans in the world. In this book, he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days. He searches for the cause of the famous curse. Was it the billy goat, kicked out of Wrigley Field in Game 5 of the 1945 World Series, or does it go back further, to the very origins of the franchise? Driven mad with futility, he went on the road with the team in search of answers, interviewed great players present and past, researched in libraries but also in the bleachers, double-fisted, a frosty malt in each hand, demanding answers. He came to see the curse as a burden but also as a blessing. Cubs fans are unique, emissaries from a higher realm, warning of hubris and vanity. The blue cap with the red C said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” He interviewed the architects of the 2016 Cubs, the team that broke the curse. Here’s what he asked: How the hell did you do it? He was at (almost) every game of the 2016 playoff run – a run that culminated in (maybe) the single greatest baseball game ever played. He was excited but also terrified. Losing is easy. What would it mean to win? A mix of memoir, reporting, history and baseball theology, this book, forty years in the making, has never been written because it never could be — only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.
New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and the author of Israel Is Real, Tough Jews, The Avengers, Monsters, The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones. and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine and Best American Essays. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife, three sons and dog.