Sunday, April 11, 2010

Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues Book Launch April 16 at Connie's Ric Rac in Philly

It’s Opening Day for “Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues,” a new ficto-memoir by Ronnie Norpel (Three Rooms Press). A book launch party will be held at the infamous Connie's Ric Rac (*NOTE NEW LOCATION), 1132 S. 9th Street in South Philadelphia on Friday, April 16th, 9 pm. Admission: $10. Featured artists include:

• a reading & book signing by author Ronnie Norpel
• readings by the Three Rooms Press All-Stars (Peter Carlaftes, Larry Myers, Jane Ormerod, & Susan Scutti)
• live music (including blues-influences bizarro weird rock energy by Gondola, Baltimore psychedelic hipsters Crazy Dreams Band, hypnodelic madness by Curanderos, and mystery sonic mayhem by NYC's Dirty Princess)

In "Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues," Norpel provides a play-by-play, behind-the-scenes account of a young woman’s education in life, luck, love and superstition while working for her hometown major league baseball team. The book stems from Norpel’s days as a front office representative for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Norpel’s ficto-memoir brims with insider insight, detailing the fastballs, curveballs and errors experienced by main character Mary Katharine “Mick” Carmichael when she gets involved with a rookie on the Constitution Blues team. "Baseball Karma and The Constitution Blues" overflows with heart and humor, without glossing over the despair of karmic growing pains for both Mick and the Blues. Underneath it all, we discover how one woman's real-life curse changed destiny—until it was finally lifted for good. Norpel’s rookie novel is must-have read for summer.

Following the official launch, Norpel will go on the road and hold events in conjunction with Phillies away games in Boston (6/12), New York (6/16) and Pittsburgh (7/3). She will also hold impromptu appearances with painter Lilliana Didovic at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where their PHILANATIC statue, created for the Phillies’ Phanatic Around Town project, will be on exhibit this summer.

To schedule interview with author Ronnie Norpel, or to request photos or additional information about Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues, please contact email

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