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From Baseball to Crime and Back Again

Last night, my middle son played a baseball game in Jackson. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of him standing on second base with his last name on the scoreboard. This got me thinking about other places I’d been that bear my last name.

tyson at wacker field

  • Skiing down Jackwacker, a black diamond run in Colorado.
  • Walking down Wacker Drive in Chicago.
  • Reading about this iconic Midwestern street in a handful of novels over the years.

This journey down memory lane sparked a rabbit-hole google search, as I am wont to do. There, I found a dark underworld of writing that happens less than ten hours from us. As it turns out, Chicago is a literary hotbed.

Here’s a blurb from Julie Hyzy, a New York Times bestselling and Anthony Award-winning author, as found on Crime Reads, a website that covers all things bookishly criminal.

“Whether the setting is an alley behind a four-star hotel, or a shadowed corner of Lower Wacker Drive; whether our character is a greasy politician, or a newbie teacher in a troubled school, Chicago is the city that never stops giving.”

Just for fun, let’s find out who writes (wrote) from Chicago that you might know:

  • Sara Peretsky: Crime/Mystery author
  • Gillian Flynn: Psychological Thrillers
  • Sandra Cisneros: Poet (books available as a book club kit)
  • Ernest Hemingway: Classics
  • Gwendolyn Brooks: Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Shel Silverstein: Beloved Children’s Lit
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs: Think Tarzan
  • Scott Turow: Legal Thrillers (many of which have been made into movies)

If you’re in the mood for great nonfiction, give Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson a try. This historical account shows the perfect intersection of America’s alleged first serial killer and the Chicago Word’s Fair of 1893.

Without too  much effort and a quick trip to your local library, you can journey to the slopes of Keystone or amble across a bridge on Wacker Drive. Without any practice time or any talent, you can even play ball at Wrigley Field.

With a good book, nothing is impossible and no place is too far!

happy reading~ Jody


Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.