The positive reviews in Tampa and Los Angeles were great and much appreciated, but today we have finally made inroads on Tobacco Road, with a piece appearing in this morning’s edition of the Raleigh News & Observer. N&O readers live in Bulls country, so this is big. One of two major papers in the Triangle area to cover the Bulls daily, the N&O reaches folks who well remember old Durham Athletic Park and the era depicted in the book.
I spent 40 minutes talking with Glenn McDonald, a correspondent for the N&O, last week. He spun our conversation into a Q&A covering everything from the inspiration for the book to my days working for the Bulls while in college. What ran was actually more about me and my experiences than the book itself, though here’s his summary of the book:
Bailey’s new novel, “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” is packed with fascinating details about life in the old D.A.P. Those were the heady years after the movie “Bull Durham” made the park a destination for baseball fans, and before the team moved to its new upscale digs. The novel depicts one crazy summer in the life of Lane Hamilton, an N.C. State grad who takes a job with the Bulls after getting fired from his going-nowhere sales job at a downtown bank.
Here’s a link to the story on the N&O’s site: N.C. State alum James Bailey’s novel revolves around Durham Bulls